Carbon corridor Zeebrugge-Germany

Fluxys continues to look for partnerships and to position Belgium as a CO2 corridor

Within the spirit of partnerships and cross-border cooperation for CO2 transport, Fluxys Belgium and Wintershall Dea signed a cooperation agreement. This agreement is one of the many steps to accelerate the green transition and to contribute towards a sustainable low carbon industry.

Fluxys Belgium and Wintershall Dea have decided to combine their complementarities, expertise, and common vision on carbon capture, transport and storage (CCS) and as a result will start collaborating on the transport of CO2 from Germany to Zeebrugge on the Belgian North Sea coast.

Through this cooperation, industrial emitters located in Germany will be able to transport their CO2 emissions to the German-Belgian border. Through the Belgium CO2 network, the emissions will reach the pipeline-based exporting terminal under development in Zeebrugge. From this CO2 export hub, the emissions would be exported for safe and permanent storage sites in the North Sea.

The cooperation will start with a feasibility study.

Hugo Dijkgraaf, Wintershall Dea’s CTO and Member of its Executive Board: "With Fluxys, we have a strong partner to advance the expansion of the CO2 transport network and thereby create the necessary infrastructure for the capture and storage of CO2 emissions from industry. In northern Germany, we are already well positioned through our foreseen CO2 hub in Wilhelmshaven. Through our cooperation with Fluxys, we now also want to offer opportunities for the decarbonisation of industrial sites in southern Germany."

Pascal De Buck, CEO of Fluxys: "Multiple strong partnerships are essential in our focus area of developing open-access CO2 infrastructure to accommodate the carbon capture and storage chain. Thus, we are delighted to cooperate now with Wintershall Dea to accelerate the decarbonisation of industry in Germany and beyond. The initiative dovetails perfectly with Fluxys’ strategy to be the essential partner for speeding up the energy transition. The CCS chain is essential for industry to decarbonise while maintaining economic activity and employment. Our ambition is to provide the market the capacity required to transport 30 million tonnes of CO2 by 2030."