European COCATE project
This three-year European research project, led by IFP Energies Nouvelles, is studying the potential for capturing CO2 from different industrial facilities and developing a shared infrastructure for the transport and storage of large quantities of the captured gas.
Le Havre in France and the Port of Rotterdam in The Netherlands have been selected as test sites for the research work conducted by the project partners.
IFP is looking at the feasibility of a common infrastructure linking different industrial sites around the port of Le Havre to a shared capture plant and viable transport network to suitable geological storage sites.
The other partners are Le Havre Region Development Agency and Geogreen, both in France, Accoat of Denmark, SINTEF and DNV of Norway, TNO and the Port of Rotterdam in The Netherlands, and SANERI of South Africa.
An economic feasibility study is an integral part of the project, as the pooling of technology and infrastructure could bring CCS within the reach of smaller and medium-sized emitters as well as the large-scale industrial sites.
The project partners are studying two types of transport infrastructure – a low-pressure network that operates within a regional setting, such as Le Havre, and takes CO2 to various capture centres, and a high-pressure network to transport captured CO2 to the Port of Rotterdam for storage in depleted North Sea oil and gas fields.
The research is considering the technical and economic limitations of each type of network and is identifying potential storage sites, such as North Sea depleted fields. It also incorporates an in-depth risk analysis study.
The project fulfils the European Union’s 7th framework programme Energy, and covers “Large-scale CCS Transportation infrastructure in Europe”.
The project has a total budget of €4.5 million, with about €3 million funded by the European Commission.
The project was launched in January 2010 and will run for three years.
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