National Government

The ROAD project focuses on the capture, transport and storage of CO2 (carbon). The project was initiated by E.ON Benelux and Electrabel as part of GDF SUEZ (hereafter Maasvlakte CCS Project CV); together they seek to capture part of the CO2 emitted from a power plant and transport this to depleted gas fields under the North Sea for permanent storage.

The CO2 capture operation will be carried out at E.ON’s Maasvlakte Power Plant 3 (MPP3). Once captured the CO2 will be compressed to around 80 bar and channelled for some 25 km along an underground pipeline to a platform on the North Sea. Next, it’s injected to a depleted gas field under the sea bed for a least five years.

Situation report: the ‘draft memorandum on scope and detailing’ is available for consultation from Friday 24 September to Thursday 4 November 2010 for the environmental impact assessment for the ROAD-project. You can share your views on this memorandum. Notification of this was made in the Government Gazette and free regional and local papers.

The State Coordinated Arrangement (RCR) and spatial planning decree
The RCR applies to decision making around the transport and storage of CO2, with a coordinating minister (economic affairs). The RCR does not apply to decision making around capture which is coordinated by the province of Zuid-Holland.

A change in the area development plan is required for the pipeline and capture installation. The pipeline falls under the RCR and it is dealt with in a (provincial or state) area development plan. The plan is determined by the ministers of economic affairs (EZ) and spatial planning and the environment (VROM). The Rotterdam city council has the authority to alter the zoning plan.

Environmental impact assessment
An environmental impact assessment (MER) is required for the ROAD project. This sets out actual and possible environmental effects so that these can be fully included in decision making. An MER plan will be drafted in preparation for zoning/planning changes to enable the pipelines and the capture installation. The minister of economic affairs (EZ) and the environment (VROM) are responsible for the MER plan for the pipes and the Rotterdam city authorities are responsible for the capture installation side of the MER plan. The initiating party will also draft a project MER prior to licence application.

Available for consultation ..
Notification of an intended project requiring a MER has been available for consultation for 6 weeks. This takes the form of a ‘draft memorandum on scope and detailing’ which sets out the manner of conducting the environmental study.

This is also available for consultation in printed form from 24 September to 4 November 2010 inclusive during normal opening hours at the following locations:

  • Ministry of Economic Affairs, Information Centre, Bezuidenhoutseweg 30, The Hague;
  • Province of Zuid-Holland, Information Centre, Zuid-Hollandplein 1, The Hague;
  • DCMR Environmental Service Rijnmond, Parallelweg 1, Schiedam;
  • Town Hall Westvoorne, Raadhuislaan 6, Rockanje;
  • Municipal District Office Hoek van Holland, Prins Hendrikstraat 161, Hoek van Holland;
  • City Library Rotterdam, Information, Hoogstraat 110 (5th floor), Rotterdam.

Information meetings
The governmental bodies involved and the initiating party will jointly organize two walk-in information evenings on the ROAD project and related procedure. You are welcome to attend. The times and locations are 19.00 to 21.00 hours at:

  • Tuesday 12 October 2010: Municipal District Office, Hoek van Holland, Prins Hendrikstraat 161, Hoek van Holland:
  • Thursday 14 October 2010: ’t Wapen van Marion, Zeeweg 60, Oostvoorne.

Staff from the governmental bodies and the initiating party will be on duty to answer your questions.

How to make your views known?
The deadline for this is 4 November 2010. Send your input in writing to:

Community Participation Point ROAD project
Energy Projects Bureau
Postbus 223
2250 AE Voorschoten
The Netherlands

You can also leave a voice message by calling the Energy Projects Bureau on T +31 (70) 379 8979.

How will your input be processed?
All reactions will be sent to the appropriate governmental bodies, legal advisors and the Environmental Impact Assessments (MER) Commission. The commission advises on the scope and detailing of the MER. The definitive version of the memorandum on scope and detailing will incorporate all views and recommendations.

The economics affairs and environment ministers and the Rotterdam city council will then prepare the MER plan and Maasvlakte CCS Project CV will prepare the MER project. This will all be carried out in one integrated MER. The project also requires several licences. After coordination these will be presented for consultation together with the MER and the draft provincial or state area development plan. You can also give your view on this. The economics affairs minister will be responsible for coordination.

For more information please call the Energy Projects Bureau on T (070) 379 89 79.