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Wednesday, May 27, 2020 

The Dutch ‘Porthos’ (Port of Rotterdam CO₂ Transport Hub and Offshore Storage) project is being set up to capture about 2.5mt of CO2 from the Rotterdam port area and store it under the North Sea, with MAN Energy Solutions contracted to supply two compressor trains with an option for three more.

Uwe Lauber, CEO of MAN Energy Solutions, said: “CCUS [carbon capture, utilisation and storage] is a stand-out technology with the potential to decarbonise major industries. We are excited and proud to be part of the Porthos project and to contribute to a low-carbon future for Europe. This order also proves that we are steadily consolidating our technology leadership position as a provider of state-of-the-art CO2 compression solutions.” 

The Porthos pipeline will run for 30km - 33km through the Rotterdam port area, from which the CO2 will be transported to a platform located around 20km off the Dutch coast. There, the CO2 will be pumped into the exhausted P18 gas fields, which are expected to have a storage capacity of 37mt of CO2. MAN's compressor trains will be located at a compressor station on Maasvlakte, the man-made, western extension to Europoort. There, the CO2 will be pressurised to about 132 bar in order to transport and inject the gas into the fields that are located about 3,200 to 3,500m below the North Sea. The compressors can handle up to 285t/h of CO2, depending on how many units are running.

Porthos is expected to store the first CO2 under the North Sea by the end of 2023. The finalisation of MAN’s engineering contract is scheduled for late-summer 2020, whereas the material order is expected for the Q2 2021.

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