CO₂ transportation grid
Our CO2 transportation grid starts
It consists of our projects WHVCO2logne, Delta Rhine Corridor and the Elbe estuary and Rhenish coalfild clusters. The aim is to quickly develop the export options in Wilhelmshaven, Rotterdam and Antwerp/Zeebrügge.
We would like to develop both the projects and clusters as well as the CO2 transport network flexibly according to the transport needs. At the moment, we are assuming a complete rebuilding of the infrastructure.
This way, we connect locations where CO2 is captured, such as the cement and lime industries, with places where CO2 is used, like the chemical industry – all with the goal of a circular economy. We also link up locations where CO2 is captured with relevant port facilities like Wilhelmshaven.
Elbe estuary cluster
OGE is planning to build a CO2 pipeline infrastructure around the Elbe estuary near Brunsbüttel. Together with powerful partners, a first CO2 cluster is to be established at the end of the 2020s. The aim is to link the Lägerdorf, Brunsbüttel and Heide sites and thus develop a CO2 circular economy. This cooperation project will allow the efficient and safe transportation of captured CO2 from the cement plant in Lägerdorf to the recycling or storage sites. The planned pipeline network will be about 70 km in length and will be designed to become part of a German CO2 transportation network.
WHVCO2logne is a project developed by OGE to connect the future energy hub in Wilhelmshaven with the Cologne region. Among other things, this project will open up the ‘cement region’ of East Westphalia as well as the Ruhr area as Germany's industrial heartland to allow about 30 percent of the residual CO2 emissions to be connected with the CO2 export options in Wilhelmshaven. Equinor, TES and Wintershall Dea are known to be among the companies planning to export CO2 in Wilhelmshaven at present. The WHVCO2logne project is a core element of the CO2 activities and complements the Delta Rhine Corridor (DRC) and Belgium connection projects with the aim of establishing a north-west European CO2 transportation system.
Delta Rhine Corridor project:
H2 and CO2 transportation between the Netherlands and Germany
BASF, Gasunie, OGE and Shell have signed a Letter of Intent to advance the idea of the Delta Rhine Corridor project together with potential customers. The DRC project aims to transport CO2 to be stored elsewhere, if possible from as early as 2028 onwards. In addition, low-carbon or carbon-free hydrogen is to be supplied to customers along the route either as an energy source or raw material. The Dutch government has recognised the added value for society and declared the initiative to develop the Delta Rhine Corridor a project of national interest. With politics and society on our side, we can take a huge step in advancing the energy transition. We are ready!
For more information about the joint project, go to www.delta-rhine-corridor.com
North Sea CO2 Corridor
Fluxys, Wintershall Dea, and OGE have signed a cooperation agreement for CO2 transport. With this project, OGE plans to connect the Belgian CO2 pipeline system operated by Fluxys to the Ruhr region as well as Southern Germany. Wintershall Dea is to be in charge of steering customer engagement in Southern Germany, to adequately design the network. The Belgium connection will provide access to Antwerp as an export and chemical location, as well as a connection to future offshore pipelines in the North Sea, and is thus part of the trans-European context. This project will help develop a CO2 infrastructure in the regions of Aachen, Cologne, the Rhenish mining area, and Southern Germany.
This project is a core element of our CO2 activities and, together with our Delta Rhine Corridor and WHVCO2logne projects, will form the nucleus of a northwest European CO2 transportation system.