Shell's Barendrecht Carbon Capture and Storage Project

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Shell is proposing to bury 400,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide a year from its Pernis oil refinery in the Netherlands in two depleted gas fields under the town of Barendrecht. Shell states that the fields have the capacity to store up to 10 million tonnes of carbon dioxide.[1]

In November 2010, Dutch Minister of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation Maxime Verhagen announced Shell's decision to cancel the project: "The delay of the CO2 storage project for more than 3 years and the complete lack of local support are the main reasons to stop." She said the relatively small project in Barendrecht was no longer essential. The project planned to store the 10 million tons of CO2 over a period of 25 years from Shell's Pernis refinery. Local opposition to the plan, which residents feared would endanger the town and lead to a fall in house prices, had already caused delays. An project offshore and one in the north of the country were still planned, Verhagen said.[2]

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  1. "Barendrecht", Shell, accessed January 2010.
  2. "Shell Barendrecht project cancelled" Carbon Capture Journal, November 5, 2010.

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