Fluxys SA, Open Grid Europe (OGE), and Wintershall DEA have signed a cooperation agreement for CO2 transport. Fluxys is targeting shipment of 30 million tonnes/year through the system by 2030.
The three companies plan to build a cross-border pipeline to transport carbon dioxide in an effort to further decarbonize otherwise hard-to-abate industries in southern Germany. CO2 would travel from areas with concentrated emissions to the Belgian coast and subsequently to carbon capture and storage (CCS) reservoirs under development in the North Sea.
Fluxys and OGE will develop the pipelines in Belgium and Germany, respectively. Wintershall will lead customer engagement and use it as the basis for network design.
The companies anticipate that the relatively short distances and large volumes will result in competitive CO2 transmission prices. Belgian industry will also be able to connect to the open-access infrastructure.
Wintershall and Fluxys began discussion of the project, and a potential accompanying offshore transport system, earlier this year (OGJ Online, Mar. 7, 2023).