Royal HaskoningDHV is working on the highly complex ROAD project by carrying out the Environmental Impact Assessment, assessing potential consequences and gaining all appropriate permits. The ambition of the unique project is to reduce emissions by capturing CO₂ produced by a coal-fired power plant, storing it 3km under the North Sea in a depleted gas field.
The Rotterdam Capture and Storage Demonstration Project – or ROAD as it is more commonly known – is a joint venture between two major power companies in the Netherlands, Uniper Benelux and ENGIE Energie Nederland.
The ambition of the unique project is to reduce emissions by capturing 1.1 million tonnes of CO₂ every year produced by a new coal-fired power plant, storing it 3km under the North Sea in a depleted gas field.Royal HaskoningDHV is among the numerous partners working on the highly complex ROAD project, and is supporting during feasibility stage by carrying out the Environmental Impact Assessment, assessing potential consequences of the demonstration project as well as gaining all appropriate permits.
Supported by the Dutch government and the European Commission, the project reflects the goals set out in the Paris Agreement on climate change in 2015, where world leaders committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions in order to keep the global average temperature well below the 2°C threshold.
Nothing like the ROAD project has ever been done on such a large scale in Europe. As such, technical innovation, regulatory approval and public opinion must all come together for the project to succeed.The ROAD project marks an important step in the country’s energy transition strategy, and is expected to be operational in 2020.