Study of pipeline infrastructure in North Sea Port to realize climate ambitions

Sloehaven Vlissingen

In the North Sea Port area, a study is being launched into the possible rollout of a large-scale pipeline infrastructure in the North Sea Port harbor area. These pipes play an important role in reducing CO2 emissions in the cross-border port area and enable the transition to a circular economy. The 'Clean Underground Sustainable Transport' study, or simply CUST project, is a joint initiative of North Sea Port, Smart Delta Resources, the City of Ghent, the Provincial Development Agency East Flanders and the Province of Zeeland, the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate (EZK), and the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management (I&W) in the Netherlands. The study should be completed by the first quarter of 2019.

Clean Underground Sustainable Transport

If in the future the North Sea Port area wants to set up a number of cross-border projects to transport CO2 and give it an alternative destination, a large-scale pipeline infrastructure will be necessary. The pipes can also be used to distribute hydrogen or, for example, to use the residual gases from ArcelorMittal as a raw material for Dow Chemicals (Steel2Chemicals). These interventions will facilitate a CO2 reduction in energy-intensive companies and strengthen industrial symbiosis, which is essential to enable the joint climate ambitions and the transition to a circular economy. That is why in the coming months the CUST project is looking into the feasibility, design and roll-out of the possible pipeline infrastructure within and outside the North Sea Port area.

Liveable and competitive port area 

It is expected that a pipeline infrastructure will also have a positive impact on the liveability of the port area, because the more transport there is via the pipelines, the less transport there will be by road and water. Plus, this large network of pipelines will also attract new companies and strengthen the competitive position of the existing industry, which can lead to additional employment.

Joint ambitions 

The CUST project is in line with the ambitions of the various partners that support the study. It fits in with the Strategic Plan of North Sea Port and is part of the 'Roadmap towards a climate neutral industry in the Delta Region' of Smart Delta Resources. Smart Delta Resources is an initiative of 11 energy and raw material intensive companies that are looking to reduce their use of energy and raw materials by way of industrial symbiosis. Through SDR, companies from the chemical, steel, energy and food industries work together to create industrial connections and develop them into interesting business cases. In the coming years, Zeeland and Flanders will strongly focus on reducing CO2 emissions to advance the transition of climate and energy.  

CUST project 

The CUST project is being organized by North Sea Port in close collaboration with Smart Delta Resources, the provinces of East Flanders and Zeeland, the City of Ghent and the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate and the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management in the Netherlands. The study, which will be contracted by North Sea Port, has a budget of 175,000 euros, financed by contributions from North Sea Port, Smart Delta Resources, Zeeland Province, the City of Ghent and the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate and the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management. The Provincial Development Agency East Flanders is also involved in the execution. The provisional contract for the study has been awarded to a consortium of Royal HaskoningDHV, CE Delft, Sitech, and M-Tech.

A sounding board group with relevant stakeholders will be set up for the study. It will include companies such as ArcelorMittal, Zeeland Refinery, Dow Chemicals, Engie, Gasunie and LS Ned.

More info

Maarten den Dekker, North Sea Port: maarten.dendekker@northseaport.com
Laurens Meijering, Smart Delta Resources: laurensmeijering@impulszeeland.nl