Dutch carbon capture funding gets green light

The EU executive has authorised the Netherlands to grant €150m in state aid for a carbon capture and storage (CCS) project. Eon and GDF Suez will capture a quarter of the CO2 from a 1GW Maasvlakte coal-fired plant being built in Rotterdam.

The captured CO2 will be transported via a pipeline to a depleted North Sea gas reservoir. The Dutch CCS plant was described by the commission as a strategic project that will help meet the EU's climate change objectives for 2020.

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