Consortium starts project to drastically reduce CO2 emissions in the Scheldt Delta region

May 31 2020

A cross-border consortium of companies under the wings of Smart Delta Resources is taking the first step to drastically reduce CO2 emissions.

The capture and reuse or storage of CO2 can reduce CO2 emissions in the port area of ??North Sea Port (Ghent, Terneuzen, Vlissingen) by 30% (6.5 million tons of CO2 per year). A consortium of Belgian and Dutch companies has set up the Carbon Connect Delta project, the first step of which is an investigation into the feasibility of CCUS in 2025. The investigation will cover all aspects: the technical, economic and legal aspects, the necessary infrastructure. for the transport of CO 2with pipelines or by ship, the financing options, the commercial feasibility and the permit procedures. The consortium expects to complete the feasibility study at the end of 2020, after which the project will be further developed for realization.

Cross-border and cross-sectoral consortium

The consortium is composed across borders of Smart Delta Resources, port company North Sea Port, the companies ArcelorMittal, Dow Benelux, PZEM, Yara and Zeeland Refinery and infrastructure partners Gasunie and Fluxys. Together, the consortium partners have a broad network and the necessary knowledge and expertise to make the Carbon Connect Delta project a success. The fact that the consortium works simultaneously across industrial sectors (chemical, petrochemical and steel), and also with the relevant governments in both countries, creates unique synergies and opportunities for a sustainable economy.

The consortium's ambition is to capture 1 million tons of CO2 per year from 2023 and expand this to a level of 6.5 million tons per year in 2030, which will result in 30% less CO2 emissions in the Scheldt Delta region. The Carbon Connect Delta project thus makes an important contribution to the climate objectives of Paris and the more recent European Green Deal.

CCUS is one of the tracks that Smart Delta Resources (SDR) is following to achieve a climate-neutral industry in 2050 in the Scheldt Delta region. SDR, supported by Impuls Zeeland, the Province of Zeeland and the Province of East Flanders, also develops other development tracks, such as sustainable hydrogen (Hydrogen Delta), residual heat, electrification and recycling. Smart Delta Resources has already taken steps to reduce CO 2substantially reduce emissions.

In early 2018, a Roadmap was established with which the industry cluster can meet the Paris climate goals. In recent years, various studies have been completed into the required energy infrastructure. A hydrogen coupling has also already been realized between Dow in Terneuzen and Yara in Sluiskil. In addition, the innovative projects Steel2Chemicals and Carbon2Value of Dow Terneuzen and ArcelorMittal Gent are in full development.

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