After the completed feasibility study in 2019 Athos conducted various studies which will be followed-up in next pre-FEED project phase.

A Request for Information has been published for companies who are interested to participate in the engineering work of the pre-FEED and FEED phase.

Engineering companies are cordially invited to express their interest in the field of research and engineering regarding compression and transport of CO2 within the Athos CO2 infrastructure. Next step will be a so called Request for Proposal where compagnies are able to submit a concrete proposal. 

With the publication of this Request for Information a next phase of Athos starts. The project team of Athos expects the Final Investment decision to take place in 2023 followed by start of construction.  

Athos, the joint project set up by Gasunie, EBN, Port of Amsterdam and Tata Steel for carbon capture, transport, utilisation and storage in the North Sea Canal region, put out a call for potential customers and carbon storage partners in November 2019 and received a very pleasing number of responses. 

The Athos feasibility study showed that there are no technical obstacles standing in the way of carbon capture, utilisation and storage. Having ascertained this, the project organisers assessed the interest of various parties in taking part in the project using two different requests. 

The Request for Information (RFI) was intended to collect information about suitable locations for carbon storage 3 to 5km under the Dutch North Sea and about the provision of associated services. 

The various responses give Athos a positive basis for development of the CCUS project and follow-up studies on storage locations.   

The Expression of Interest (EoI) asked which parties would like to use the planned carbon transport and storage network. Respondents included both parties who want to supply carbon for storage and parties wanting to purchase carbon for use. 

Athos’ project organisers are delighted with the large number of responses and will take these into consideration during the rest of the research phase, which is currently ongoing and involves investigation of the various options for storage locations, infrastructure and connections.

Carbon utilisation and storage is one of the few ways that the industrial sector can significantly reduce its carbon emissions in the short term at a relatively low cost, so CCUS is a crucial element in achieving the targets set out in the Dutch Climate Agreement. Athos can play a key role here.

Gasunie, EBN, Port of Amsterdam and Tata Steel are working together as Athos, on the development of a CCUS project in the North Sea Canal area. The parties recently completed a feasibility study and announced that they will continue the project by conducting various follow-up studies. Athos now invites parties to express their interest in the CCUS project.

Expression of Interest
The aim of this request for mutually non-binding Expressions of Interest, is to determine which companies have a serious interest in using the foreseen ATHOS transport and storage network in order to store captured CO2 and/or make CO2 available for usage as a feedstock, or use CO2 as a feedstock. This is a first step towards a Joint Development Agreement in the course of 2020. 

A number of questions have been included in the Expression of Interest in order to get a better understanding of the potential fit of the responding companies with the foreseen network. A more detailed questionnaire will be provided after a mutual interest is established. A Non Disclosure Agreement (NDA) will be signed with companies that are asked to fill out the detailed questionnaire. Tata Steel IJmuiden N.V. is a consortium partner and also a potential user of the foreseen network. It will not have access to the information provided by other potential users, and will therefore not be party to such a NDA. Participation in the Expression of Interest request does not create any obligation or rights. The EoI is open until December 31 of this year and after the deadline has closed, Athos will study and process all information collected. All information is treated confidentially.

The aim is to work towards a Joint Development Agreement by 2020, if appropriate for the parties.
Should you have any questions on the EoI, please contact Dewi Wieringa-Telehala

Request for Information for CO2 storage locations
A Request for Information (RfI) has been published, to obtain more information and insight into suitable locations for CO2 storage under the Dutch North Sea at a depth of 3 to 5 km. It also requests information on which companies can, and possibly want to, provide services. The request to provide information is aimed primarily at experienced companies from the oil & gas sector, but Athos cordially invites any party that can provide relevant information to submit it.

The RfI is open until 31 December 2019 and is published on the Negometrix for that purpose. Participation in the information request does not create any obligation or rights. After the deadline, EBN and Gasunie will study and process all collected information. All information will be treated confidentially.

It is expected that a Request for Proposal will be sent at a later stage.
Should you have any questions on the RfI, please contact Ferhat Yavuz