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Preferred option determined by Dutch Ministry of Climate and Energy

Another step has been taken with the determination of the preferred option (Voorkeursalternatief or VKA) by the Dutch Minister of Climate and Energy, as published February 9. The preferred option is an outline design for the Aramis initiative’s infrastructure that optimally considers all public interests along with a range of preconditions, such as safety, technical feasibility, environmental impact, future viability, costs, and spatial integration.  This comprises the preferred option for the Aramis initiative, including the CO2next project.

The adoption of the preferred option serves as the foundation for the spatial planning decision and the permits. You can read more about the adoption of the preferred option and the Aramis initiative including CO2next here https://www.rvo.nl/onderwerpen/bureau-energieprojecten/lopende-projecten/aramis (in Dutch).

EU Allocates CEF Funding for Energy Infrastructure Projects – including CO2 transport and storage projects

The European Commission announced a commitment to advancing cross-border energy infrastructure through the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) funding scheme. This includes four CO2 transport and storage projects, including CO2next.  More information is available on this webpage of the European Commission: https://energy.ec.europa.eu/news/connecting-europe-facility-nearly-eu600-million-energy-infrastructure-contributing-decarbonisation-2023-12-08_en

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Final Memorandum on Scope and Level of Detail for CO2next and Aramis

The Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy has determined and published the Memorandum on Scope and Level of Detail (NRD) on December 2, 2022. This memorandum contains the framework for the environmental impact assessment (EIA) to be drawn up for CO2next and Aramis. The EIA maps out the environmental effects of the project, such as the effects on safety, landscape, nature, soil and water. The aim of the EIA is to make sure that environmental issues are given a rightful place in the decision-making process.

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Terminal

Features of the terminal

Open access system

Necessary infrastructures available to all market parties, including parties that do not have a direct connection to a CO2 pipeline.

Independent liquid CO2 terminal

Independent hub terminal for the reception and delivery of liquid CO2 via vessels (or trucks and railcars), on the Maasvlakte in the Port of Rotterdam.

Part of the CO2 value chain

Part of develping a CO2 value chain which can connect liquid CO2 from emitters with offshore storage facilities.

Re-loading and transshipment of CO2

Functionality for additional services envisaged such as re-loading and transshipment of CO2.

Catalyst for the reuse of CO2

Important catalyst in the creation of a market for the reuse of CO2 as a raw material.

Dutch and European subsidy applicable

Dutch and European subsidy schemes accessible to support CCS projects to achieve the climate goals.

Infrastructure operator

Will focus solely on the development and operation of a reliable, safe and environmentally friendly infrastructure and will not be a market player itself.

Connects emitters and storagers

Will connect multiple emitters and storage operators into an open access system, enabling emitters to contribute to CO2 reduction targets.