No CO2 storage in north Netherlands

14th February 2011, Comments 0 comments

The government has dropped plans originally drawn up by the last Dutch cabinet to store carbon dioxide CO2 underground in the north of the Netherlands. Deputy Prime Minister Maxime Verhagen says he would rather concentrate on experiments to store the greenhouse gas under the North Sea.

The idea of storing CO2 underground was from the outset greeted by fierce resistance from local residents. Plans to store the greenhouse gas under the town of Barendrecht near Rotterdam had to be scrapped at the end of 2010 following local anger. Now, plans for three underground storage sites in the north of the country have suffered the same fate.

Useful Despite the difficulty of finding suitable locations, the government still sees underground storage as “a useful technique in combatting climate change” while the Netherlands changes to other forms of energy. Mr Verhagen says he only expects work to start on the construction of a new Dutch nuclear power station in 2015.

Ministers are now looking into a number of “interesting” proposals for a trial of storing CO2 under the North Sea. Mr Verhagen says permits for undersea projects can be given relatively quickly.

The submitted proposals are said to be commercial attractive and could bring with them experience in storing CO2 on an industrial scale. The government hopes to be eligible for financial help from the European Union for undersea CO2 storage.

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