First Drilling Under Seawall Marks Start Of Porthos Project

First Drilling Under Seawall Marks Start Of Porthos Project - Carbon Herald

The start of the Porthos project in the Netherlands was officially marked on Saturday, April 13th, with the first drilling under the seawall on the Maasvlakte in Rotterdam.

The ambitious initiative aims to store approximately 2.5 million metric tons of CO2 per year over a span of 15 years, totaling around 37 million tons which will be permanently stored beneath the North Sea. 

The project, a joint venture between EBN, Gasunie, and the Port of Rotterdam Authority, has been in the planning stages for some time and is now officially moving into the construction phase. The drilling is the first step in the process of establishing the necessary infrastructure for the far-reaching project plans.

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Through the port of Rotterdam, Porthos intends to transport captured carbon dioxide emissions to a platform located 20 kilometers offshore via a dedicated pipeline. The captured CO2 will then be permanently stored in depleted gas fields beneath the North Sea bed, at depths of approximately three to four kilometers. 

The operational plans include a compressor station on the Maasvlakte, where the CO2 will be gathered and pressurized before being transported offshore. The CO2 storage facility is expected to be up and running by 2026, providing a critical solution for harmful emissions in the region. 

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Different contractors hired by Porthos will soon be involved in the construction of the CO2 pipeline at different sites within the Port of Rotterdam. The goal is to have the underground tubing system transport carbon captured from businesses to the compressor station, utilizing a pipeline that will cross multiple water bodies, railway tracks, and roads in the port vicinity.

With the help of this project, the port industry in Rotterdam is expected to see a reduction of about 10% in CO2 emissions. 

After the momentum of the first drilling for Porthos, stakeholders and the public are eagerly anticipating to see the impact that the initiative will have on reducing carbon emissions and mitigating the effects of climate change. 

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