The 'Clean Underground Sustainable Transport' study – short for CUST project - is a joint initiative by North Sea Port, the City of Ghent, Smart Delta Resources, the Provinciale Ontwikkelingsmaatschappij Oost-Vlaanderen (East Flanders provincial development company), the Zeeland Province and the ministries of Economic Affairs and Climate and Infrastructure and Public Works in the Netherlands. The investigation runs until June 30, 2019.
If in the future, the port area of North Sea Port wants to launch a number of cross-border projects to transport CO2 and to give it an alternative destination, then a large-scale pipeline infrastructure will be necessary. The pipeline can also be used to distribute hydrogen or for example to use ArcelorMittals residual gasses as raw materials at Dow Chemicals (Steel2Chemicals). These interventions facilitate the CO2 reduction at energy-intensive companies and strengthen the industrial symbiosis, which is essential for the joint climate ambitions and to enable the transition to a circular economy. This is why the CUST project will investigate the feasibility, design and rollout of this possible pipeline infrastructure in the port area of North Sea Port in the coming months.
Livable and competitive port
It is expected that this kind of pipeline infrastructure will also have a positive impact on the livability of the port region, because the more transport by pipelines, the less by road and water. Moreover, this massive network of pipelines will also attract new companies and will strengthen the competitive position of the existing industry, which can lead to extra jobs.
The CUST project links up with the ambitions of the different partners that support the investigation. It fits in North Sea Ports Strategic Plan and forms part of the 'Roadmap towards a climate neutral industry in the Delta Region' by Smart Delta Resources. Zeeland and Flanders will strongly focus on the reduction of CO2 emissions so as to shape the climate and energy transition.
The CUST project is led by North Sea Port in close cooperation with Smart DeltaResources, the provinces of East Flanders and Zeeland, the City of Ghent and the ministries of Economic Affairs and Climate and Infrastructure and Public Works in the Netherlands. The study, that will be contracted out by North Sea Port, has a budget of 175,000 euros, which is financed with contributions by North Sea Port, Smart Delta Resources, the Province of Zeeland, the City of Ghent and the ministries of Economic Affairs and Climate and Infrastructure and Public Works. Also the Provinciale Ontwikkelingsmaatschappij Oost-Vlaanderen is involved in the execution. The provisional allotment of the investigation went to a consortium of Royal HaskoningDHV, CE Delft, Sitech and M-Tech. A feedback group with relevant stakeholders will be established for the study. In this group, companies like ArcelorMittal, Zeeland Refinery, Dow Chemicals, Engie, Gasunie and LS Ned will participate.
Interested companies can contact North Sea Port via Maarten.firstname.lastname@example.org