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Sener will provide engineering services to CO2next, one of the first European storage and transport terminals for liquid CO2   in the port of Rotterdam


CO2next, a project by Gasunie, Vopak, Shell and TotalEnergies in the port of Rotterdam, will be a critical infrastructure for the value chain in the capture, storage, and transport of CO2 in northern Europe.

In the initial phase, the terminal will have an approximate capacity of 5.4 million tonnes per annum (Mtpa) of CO2 and 48,000 cubic metres of storage, with the potential to scale its capacity to 15 Mtpa, depending on market demand and the development of the Aramis project and other carbon capture and storage chains. Sener will provide the front-end engineering design services for the terminal.

The CO2next project has awarded Sener the front-end engineering design (FEED) services for the development of an open access liquid CO2 storage and transport terminal in Europe. Located at the Maasvlakte, in the port of Rotterdam, CO2next will develop an open access terminal for the reception and delivery of liquid CO2. This will offer an alternative to regional industries not connected to a CO2 pipeline for the transport and storage of captured carbon, eliminating the need for them to build their own solutions.

CO2next will thus be a critical facility that will contribute to developing the value chain for carbon capture, storage and transport in northern Europe and, more specifically, in Austria, Belgium, France, the Netherlands, Germany and Switzerland.

The terminal will be able to receive liquid CO2 from ships from nearby industries. This CO2 can subsequently be sent to depleted gas deposits in the North Sea for storage under the seabed. This will be made possible thanks to the CO2next connection to the Aramis project.

In the first phase, CO2next is estimated to have an approximate capacity of 5.4 million tonnes per year of CO2 and 48,000 cubic metres of storage. This capacity is expected to ramp up in the future, depending on the demand and the development of the carbon capture chain in Europe.

The FEED phase, for which Sener is responsible, includes the complete design of the future terminal, from receiving the CO2 by ship via jetties, its storage in tanks, processing the boil-off and its subsequent send out via its interconnection with the Aramis trunkline to offshore storage in the North Sea.

Álvaro Lorente, Managing Director of Energy at Sener, notes: “The constant growth in the volume of CO2 emissions keeps causing the increase in the planet’s temperature. Carbon capture and storage technology will be of key importance to achieve the climate targets. We are proud to be part of a project that will contribute – in a decisive way – to develop the value chain for the progressive decarbonization of the industry. We thank Vopak and Gasunie once again for placing their trust in Sener”.

CO2next is located next to Gate Terminal, one of the largest liquefied natural gas terminals in Europe, for which Sener was the lead EPC contractor, meaning it was responsible for the engineering, procurement, and construction of the project. Sener also worked on the subsequently projects to expand the terminal’s capacity.

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