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Developing a European CO2 transport infrastructure
Neele, F.P.; Seebregts, A.J.; Mikunda, T.; Santen, S.; Burgt, A. van der; Nestaas, O.; Apeland, S.; Stiff, S.; Hustad, C.
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ECN Policy Studies 13-1-2012
ECN report number: Document type:
ECN-E--11-073 ECN publication
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This report presents the overall results and recommendations from the EU FP7 CO2Europipe project. The aim of the project is to study the requirements for the development of a large-scale CO2 transport infrastructure in Europe, between 2020 and 2050. An analysis of the demand for CO2 transport was derived by linking the expected CO2 captured volumes in the period between 2020 and 2050 to the locations where CO2 can be stored in the subsurface. This resulted in a series of maps of plausible transport corridors, on the assumption that CO2 capture and storage (CCS) will play a significant role in the reduction of CO2 emission. The requirements for the development of this infrastructure were derived on such levels as technology, policy, regulations and organisation. The most important conclusions are related to the finding that the EU CCS transport infrastructure is to be led by a relatively small number of countries, who share the largest burden in the areas of CO2 capture, transport and storage. These include the countries bordering the North Sea, and those countries relying heavily on coal or lignite for their power supply (Germany, Poland the Czech Republic). It is crucial that these countries take the lead and are supported to do so, not only now, but during the whole CCS infrastructure development.

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