CO2 storage under the North Sea: show environmental benefits.
Substantiate environmental benefits of CO2-storage under the North Sea. Looking ahead, how can the capture and storage techniques from this project be deployed elsewhere? Key issues for the planned environmental impact assessment, according to the MER (Environmental Impact Assessment) Commission.

CCS, stands for Carbon (or CO2), Capture and Storage. MCP – a venture involving E.ON Benelux, Electrabel and GDF SUEZ group – plans to implement the Rotterdam Storage and Capture Demonstration project (ROAD). Starting in 2015 the aim is to capture just over one megaton CO2 per year from flue gases emitted by the new MPP3 coal-fired power plant on the Maasvlakte. Next, this CO2 will be permanently stored in depleted gas fields under the North Sea. The project forms part of the European Energy Programme for Recovery. ROAD is a demonstration project designed to acquire practical knowledge around CCS. The project should boost insights into technical and economical feasibility – and the environmental and safety aspects of CCS Technology. The MER procedure started up in October 2010. At the request of the Economic affairs, Agriculture and Innovation minister and the province of Zuid-Holland the Commission offers advice. Commission. Alongside environmental impact it recommended that the relevant report should also focus on the following issues:

  • Environmental benefits of the ROAD project in terms of net CO2 capture. Ways of reducing energy use by the envisaged CCS techniques for capture, transport and storage of CO2.
  • The significance of the project for the application of CCS in the Netherlands, and reasons for locating CCS here.
  • Ways in which the project will generate required knowledge for the future deployment of CCS techniques in other locations.

The Commission calls for special attention around the set up of the monitoring programme for the test project. This reflects the need for the programme to generate knowledge elsewhere. This can also enable monitoring of the permanent storage of CO2 in reservoirs under the North Sea.

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The full text of the recommendation can be found on the Commission’s website.
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