MAN Energy Solutions has been awarded a contract for the engineering of three RG compressor trains for a carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS) project in the Netherlands.

The Port of Rotterdam Authority, Energie Beheer Nederland B.V. (EBN) and N.V. Nederlandse Gasunie are jointly developing the ‘Porthos’ (Port of Rotterdam CO₂ Transport Hub and Offshore Storage) project, which has been recognized by the European Union as a Project of Common Interest (PCI).

Porthos is planning to store approximately 2.5 million tonnes of CO2 per year under the North Sea.

The CO2 will be captured by various companies in the Rotterdam port area – a region that accounts for over 16% of the CO2 emissions in the Netherlands.

“CCUS is a stand-out technology with the potential to decarbonise major industries,” said Uwe Lauber, CEO of MAN Energy Solutions.

“We are excited and proud to be part of the Porthos project and to contribute to a low-carbon future for Europe. This order also proves that we are steadily consolidating our technology leadership position as a provider of state-of-the-art CO2 compression solutions.”

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Source: MAN Energy Solutions

At the end of 2019, the Porthos organisation signed agreements with a number of companies interested in reducing their environmental footprints by capturing their CO2 emissions and feeding them into the collective Porthos pipeline that will run for approximately 30 - 33 kilometres through the Rotterdam port area.

The CO2 will then be transported to a platform located approximately 20 kilometres off the Dutch coast. There, the CO2 will be pumped into the exhausted P18 gas fields, which are expected to have a storage capacity of ~37 million tonnes of CO2.

Additionally, the Porthos system enables the use of the captured CO2 for other industrial applications, such as within greenhouse horticulture to foster faster plant growth.

MAN Energy Solutions’ scope of work for Porthos covers the engineering of two RG 25-4 and one RG 31-4 type compressor trains with an order for three additional units intended at a later stage.

The compressor trains will be located at a compressor station on Maasvlakte, the man-made, western extension to Europoort. There, the CO2 will be pressurized to ~132 bar in order to transport and inject the gas into the fields that are located about 3,200 to 3,500 metres below the North Sea.

The compressors can handle up to 285 tons of CO2 per hour, depending on how many units are running.

Porthos is expected to store the first CO2 under the North Sea by the end of 2023. The finalisation of MAN’s engineering contract is scheduled for late-summer 2020, whereas the material order is expected for the Q2 2021.