Shell Barendrecht project cancelled

Nov 05 2010

The project was cancelled mainly because of the local opposition to the plan.

Dutch Minister of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation Maxime Verhagen announced the decision.

"The delay of the CO2 storage project for more than 3 years and the complete lack of local support are the main reasons to stop," said Verhagen.

The experiences are extremely valuable for the further development of CO2 storage in the Netherlands, she said, but the continuation of this relatively small project in Barendrecht is no longer essential. Alongside this, the lack of popular support played a role.

The project planned to store around 10 million tons of CO2 over a period of 25 years from Shell's Pernis refinery under the town of Barendrecht. Local opposition to the plan, which residents feared would endanger the town and lead to a fall in house prices, had already caused delays.

An project offshore and one in the north of the country were still planned, Verhagen said.

Government statement (in Dutch)

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