Working towards a climate-neutral port

Port of Antwerp together with seven players in the chemical and energy industries on the way to innovative CO 2 reduction

The EU has a clear climate objective: to reduce practically all greenhouse gas emissions to below the 1990 level by 2050. Port of Antwerp together with its partners is working towards a climate-neutral port. It strongly believes that CO2 capture, re-use and storage for industry is an important weapon in the fight against global warming. Port of Antwerp is therefore teaming up with various partners in the energy and chemical industries to take further practical steps in this direction.

 

 

Antwerp@C: capturing half of CO2 emissions by 2030

 

The port of Antwerp is home to the largest integrated energy and chemical cluster in Europe. This makes it the ideal location to set up new collaboration and find innovative ways of cutting CO2 emissions. For this purpose Air Liquide, BASF, Borealis, ExxonMobil, INEOS, Fluxys, Port of Antwerp and Total joined forces at the end of 2019 to set up the Antwerp@C project. This collaborative venture will investigate the technical and economic feasibility of building CO2 infrastructure to support future CCUS (Carbon Capture Utilisation & Storage) applications.

 

 

Carbon Capture & Storage (CCS) and eventually also Carbon Capture & Utilisation (CCU), i.e. capturing CO2 and using it as a raw material for various industrial processes, are seen as important avenues in the transition to a climate-neutral port.

 

This project has the potential to capture half of the CO2 emissions in the port (18.65 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions in 2017) by the year 2030.

 

How will Antwerp@C reduce CO2 emissions?

 

  1. By capturing CO2.
  2. By transporting CO2 locally by pipelines: building a "backbone" pipeline along the industrial zones on either side of the Scheldt, along with various shared processing units, a shared CO2 liquefaction facility and interim storage of CO2.
  3. By exporting CO2 internationally: cross-border transport of CO2 by pipeline to Rotterdam or by ship to Norway.
  4. By storing CO2 permanently in depleted offshore gas fields or underground aquifers.

 

This promising project will enable us to effectively realise our pioneering role. It demonstrates once more that collaboration is key to amplifying the cluster effect and creating innovative, operational added value.

 

If this shared infrastructure can be realised, it will benefit the entire industrial community in the port and make a useful contribution towards attaining the Flemish, Belgian and European climate objectives.

 

- CEO Jacques Vandermeiren

 

In the news

 

On the way to halving CO2 emissions in Port of Antwerp by 2030

 

On 27 May 2020 the PCI partners Fluxys, Port of Antwerp, Total and Air Liquide submitted subsidy requests to bring Carbon Capture, Utilisation & Storage (CCUS) applications in the port of Antwerp one step closer.

 

27 May 2020 | Read the press release

 

Possible EU subsidy for international CO2 storage collaboration

 

The European Union is prepared in principle to grant a subsidy for a project to store CO2 from industry in Antwerp, Ghent, Zeeland and Rotterdam underneath the North Sea. This emerged from a list of energy projects approved by the European Parliament on Wednesday 12 February and so given the status of "Project of Common Interest" (PCI).

 

12 February 2020 | Read the press release

 

Port of Antwerp aims to further reduce CO2 emissions

 

Port of Antwerp is taking another important step in the transition to a more sustainable, climate-neutral port. Eight leading players in the port area – Air Liquide, BASF, Borealis, INEOS, ExxonMobil, Fluxys, Port of Antwerp and Total – have signed a collaboration agreement as the first step towards the possible development of CO2 infrastructure.

 

The consortium will carry out a joint study to determine the technical and economical feasibility of CO2 infrastructure to support Carbon Capture, Utilization & Storage (CCUS). CCUS applications can make an important contribution towards the climate objectives.

 

16 December 2019 | Read the press release