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*ROAD (Rotterdam Opslag en Afvang Demonstratieproject) Fact Sheet: Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage Project

*Previously known as Maasvlakte CCS Project

Company/Alliance: E.ON Benelux, Electrabel, GDF Suez and Alstom

Location: Maasvlakte power plant, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Feedstock: Coal (and Biomass)

Size: 250 MW slipstream from new 1GW power plant (1.1 Mt/yr). Retrofit

Capture Technology: Post-combustion

CO2 Fate: Transport via 25 km pipeline (5 km onshore, 20 km offshore) to storage in depleted gas reservoir

Timing: On Hold or cancelled (original start date was 2017)


Awarded €180 million from EU Government in December 2009 as part of Government Economic Energy Programme for Recovery (EEPR).

Awarded €150 million by the Dutch Government for 2010-2020 in May 2010. The total cost of the project is estimated to be €1.2 billion (US $1.6 billion).


In July 2014, the ROAD capture directer Andy Read announced that the ROAD project is currently “essentially mothballed” while the project team wait for financing. There has been no announcements on this project since then. It is pressumed to be "on hold" or cancelled.

On February 29, 2012, the Dutch Commission adopted its first opinion on a draft permit for the permanent offshore storage of CO2 on the Dutch Continental Shelf. The final decision will be made within the following 4 months. As a first step, storage is expected to take place within the framework of the Rotterdam Capture and Storage Demonstration (ROAD) project located in the port of Rotterdam, which was awarded EUR 180 million of funding under the European Energy Programme for Recovery (EEPR). The CO2 from the capture installation would then be transported by pipeline to an offshore platform for permanent storage, where the CO2 would be injected into the storage site at a depth of over 3 km.

Because ROAD is an EEPR project it has the obligation of operating by 2015.The building of the new power station is expected to take 2.5 years.

Strategically located near the North Sea and the Rotterdam harbour area, the new power plant can maximally profit from seawater for cooling and deep waterways for supply of coal and biomass. The power plant will have an efficiency of approximately 46%. E.ON signed up with the Rotterdam Climate Initiative in February 2009.

Project Link: ROAD CCS project website

Technical Papers:

Read, A, O Tillema, M Ros, T Jonker, H Hylkema, Update on the ROAD Project and Lessons Learnt, Energy Procedia, Vol 63, pp 6079-6095, (2014) <Link to PDF>

Other Sources and Press Releases:

Europe's carbon capture dream beset by delays, fears and doubt (April 2015)

CCS in the Netherlands - and the future of ROAD (July 2014)
Commission adopts its first Opinion on a draft permit for the permanent storage of CO2
(February 2012)
Permitting Process Report (December 2011)
Awarded €180 million from EU government (December 2009)
Dutch government grants €150m to support Rotterdam CCS project (May 2010)