Dutch growers reuse CO2 from Shell

In the PrimA4a area, the company OCAP is laying a pipeline this year to supply CO2 to greenhouse growers. The CO2 is a residual product of Shell Pernis and others. OCAP director Jacob Limbeek explains: "Greenhouse growers want to be more sustainable, and this helps."

In the 1990s, the idea arose to use CO2 emissions from Shell Pernis for greenhouse horticulture in Delfland. This was facilitated thanks to the old pipeline that lay between the port city and Amsterdam. Amsterdam alderman Joop den Uyl once made sure that an oil pipeline was built between the two cities. The pipeline lost that function, but is now used for CO2 transport. OCAP director Jacob Limbeek: "A reorganization at Eneco caused the CO2 project to die, they were responsible for the execution at the time, and we started with a number of partners for ourselves." After a search of a few years, we found Linde Gas and VolkerWessels interested to invest in the OCAP project."

The project was a success. At the same time there was also the vulnerability of the delivery. "For Shell, CO2 is a residual product, which sometimes led to availability being compromised, and demand also increased. Meanwhile, we are working with a second source, bio-ethanol producer Alco. The goal is to receive CO2 from waste processor AEB in Amsterdam in the near future."

To PrimA4a
"We regularly received phone calls," Limbeek continues, "from growers in PrimA4a, if we could deliver to them as well. It is increasingly important for growers to do business sustainably, as their customers expect this. Of course we also slowly have to stop using natural gas, this also plays a role. It took a long time before the delivery to PrimA4a was realized, but with the support of LTO Glaskracht Nederland, Greenport Aalsmeer, the municipality of Haarlemmermeer and the province of North Holland we succeeded."

He said that they supply a total of half a megaton of CO2 to greenhouse horticulture. The expectation is that two mega tons are needed for greenhouse horticulture. "Those are the challenges for the coming years."

Source: PrimA4a Krant, June 2018

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