A partnership between Dutch energy companies that will aim to make major headway in reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions for 2030 has been formed.

A collaboration between TotalEnergies, Shell Netherlands, Energie Beher Nederland (EBN) and Gasunie will aim to initiate the Aramis project to reduce industrial CO2 in the Netherlands by developing CO2 transport facilities to allow for offshore storage of the gas.

Due to be stored in depleted gas fields under the Dutch North Sea, the CO2 will be transported via ships or onshore pipelines to the collection hub at the Maasvlakte in the port of Rotterdam.

The hub, comprising a compressor station and a shipping terminal, will provide temporary storage for the liquid CO2 that arrives by ship. The final part of the process will see CO2 transported from the hub to be injected into the offshore gas fields 3-4km below the seabed.

The scope of the Aramis project.

The scope of the Aramis project.

Source: Aramis

Aiming to provide customers an opportunity to decarbonise at a large-scale, Marjan van Loon, President Director, Shell Netherlands, elaborated on the nature of the project, saying, “By addressing the energy transition collaboratively and collectively, we can give our industrial partners an emissions reduction solution to help realise the Dutch National Climate Accord and EU Green Deal Goals.”

She added that carbon capture and storage (CCS) is a relatively low-cost solution to reduce CO2 emissions in the atmosphere at scale.

To drive further collaboration, the Aramis project also hopes to work alongside existing CCS projects Porthos and Athos.

Bruno Seilhan, Vice President CCUS, TotalEnergies, spoke about the necessity of CCS value chains, mentioning that the development of large-scale CCUS solutions for industrial emissions is fully aligned with the company’s ambition to reach net zero emissions by 2050.