Porthos project (undersea CO2 storage) gets green light from Dutch Council of State


Construction for the Porthos project can commence. This became clear today when the Dutch Council of State issued a positive ruling on the ecological assessment of the Porthos project.

The Porthos project is about the development of a pipeline to transport CO2 from industry in the Port of Rotterdam, to an empty empty gas field beneath the North Sea where it can be stored. Porthos stands for Port oRotterdam CO₂ Transport Hub and Offshore Storage.

The project is vital for Dutch climate objectives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 55% in 2030 (compared to 1990) and to become fully climate neutral by 2050. Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) is an important way to achieve these goals, as also stated in the Dutch Climate Agreement. The ruling of the Council of State was about whether the ecological assessment for the project sufficiently demonstrated that the nitrogen deposition of Porthos would not have a significant effect on protected natural areas which, according to the ruling is the case. Porthos is now preparing final investment decisions and expects to start construction early 2024.

More information  is available on the Porthos website.


Header photo: Guido Pijper

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