The Port of Antwerp and Belgian gas infrastructure operator Fluxys have joined forces to assess the feasibility of carbon capture, storage and reuse by industry. The partnership comes as Belgium strives to lower its carbon emissions by 35 per cent by 2030.
In the first phase of the project, Antwerp Port Authority and Fluxys will study potential solutions for capturing CO2 from industrial processes in the port, transporting it via ship or pipeline and finally storing or converting it into usable fuel.
If the results of the study are positive, both parties will work to jointly promote practical carbon capture initiatives, according to a statement from the Port of Antwerp.
"To counter the effects of global warming we need to have a mix of solutions,” says Pascal De Buck, managing director of Fluxys. “We have to deal not only with CO2 emissions from energy consumption but also from a large number of industrial processes that also release CO2.
“Fluxys is therefore following a multi-track approach that includes CO2 capture, re-use and storage, the switch from carbon-intensive fuels to natural gas, inflow of green gas and the introduction of innovative, low-energy gas technology.”
In November last year, the Port of Rotterdam announced that it was jointly examining the possibility of capturing and transporting CO2 with gas network operators Gasunie and EBN.
The goal of this project is to begin storing up to 2 million tonnes of CO2 produced through port industrial activity in empty North Sea oil and gas fields in 2020. This total will be upped to 5 million tonnes annually by 2030.