ROAD – Storage permit case study

ROAD – Storage permit case study

The Rotterdam Capture and Storage Demonstration Project (ROAD) project, as a member of the European CCS Demonstration Project Network, has just released a case study regarding its storage permit. It is hoped that the findings will be of interest and help to other project proponents and regulators.

There are several important requirements of the CCS Directive within Europe, which require some degree of interpretation by Member States, and this study seeks to address several of the resulting key issues of the permitting process identified by the project and other Network members – including Financial Security requirements, liability and transfer for responsibilities.This case study has been organised into two main sections.

Firstly it gives an overview of the internal ROAD organisation, as the way in which the project was internally structured was very relevant for the storage permitting application. The report gives an overview of the key stakeholders and describes how the project kept in touch with them.

Secondly the report goes into a brief description of the process, including detailed project timelines. It gives insights into how long the storage permitting process takes in the Netherlands, what the important milestones are, and which aspects of the permitting process can cause delays or time advantages. The study then covers some key details of the storage permit, and several important aspects of the Directive are discussed in detail. These aspects are crucial for developing any CCS project in Europe. The case study describes how the ROAD project interpreted the outstanding issues and was able to agree solutions with the competent authorities.

This case study is drafted by the ROAD project and only represents the views and opinions of the ROAD joint-venture parties.