General – CO2 hub
Wintershall Dea and HES Wilhelmshaven Tank Terminal have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to jointly develop a CO2 hub: CO2nnectNow
It is expected that CO2, which cannot be avoided in the industrial process, will be captured from German industrial sites and transported to the planned CO2nnectNow hub. From there, the CO2 will first be shipped, later transported via pipeline, from Germany’s only deep-water port to geological formations in the Norwegian and Danish North Sea to be permanently and safely stored.
This process is called Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) and will be key to decarbonising the hard-to-abate-industries in Germany.
HES Wilhelmshaven Tank Terminal was selected as the home for CO2nnectNow due to its strategic location, deep draft quay, and extensive industrial and rail infrastructure. A study has been launched to determine the feasibility of the project, with its results expected to be received in 2023.
In May 2022, Wintershall Dea presented BlueHyNow, a planned project to produce large quantities of hydrogen from natural gas in Wilhelmshaven.
It is expected that the CO2 generated by BlueHyNow will also be captured and collected at CO2nnectNow.
Wintershall Dea has recently announced a partnership with Equinor aiming to connect Germany and Norway via a 900-kilometre CO2-pipeline. The pipeline is estimated to have an annual capacity of up to 40 million tonnes by 2032 and will enable the safe transportation of CO2 from the German coast to the Norwegian North Sea.