CO2nnect news

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 (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:

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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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Advice of the Environmental Impact Report Committee (commissie m.e.r)

On 18 August 2022, the EIA Committee published its advice on the environmental impact report yet to be drawn up. The EIA Committee stated that all the consequences of capture and storage must be examined. This means that the initiators of the Aramis project for CO₂ transport must map out the environmental effects of the entire chain. Read the full advice on the EIA website.

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CO2nnect continues as CO2next

The partners Vopak, Gasunie and Gate terminal in CO2nnect have decided to continue the project under a new name: CO2next. This was prompted by signals we received afterwards regarding the registration of the brand name. 

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RvO Spatial Exploration Report

RvO conducted a spatial exploration following the plans for the transport of CO2 from the Maasvlakte to empty oil and gas fields in the North Sea. The report was published early December.

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