EU grants $150m to Air Liquide partnership for CO2 export hub


The EU Commission will grant €144.6m ($152m) to Air Liquide, Fluxys Belgium and Port of Antwerp-Bruges to fund construction of a shared carbon dioxide (CO2) export hub on the Antwerp port platform in Belgium.

Announced today (12th Dec), the funding is part of the EU’s Connecting Europe Facility for Energy (CEF-E) programme, a policy that aims to support investments in building new cross-border energy infrastructure in Europe or upgrading the existing one.

The new hub, named ‘Antwerp@C CO2 Export Hub’ will be used to collect and transport CO2 captured from industrial players on the Antwerp port platform via an intra-port open-access pipeline network.

As part of a joint venture, a shared liquefaction and export terminal be constructed by Air Liquide and Fluxys to enable CO2 liquefaction, buffer stages and marine loading facilities for cross-border shipping, marking the first phase of Antwerp@C – an initiative started up by major energy players with the goal to halve CO2 emissions in the Antwerp port area by 2030.

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