Norway and Belgium strengthen energy partnership

By: Chloe Emanuel

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This week, a significant business delegation from Belgium, led by Princess Astrid, visited Norway to bolster energy cooperation between the two nations. Highlighting the visit, several Belgian energy companies joined in the delegation, resulting in the signing of a joint declaration on offshore wind and an agreement of intent on pipeline transport of CO2.

"Belgium has been and will remain an important energy partner for Norway and our business community,"
said Norway’s Minister of Energy, Terje Aasland. He emphasised Norway's role as a reliable supplier of oil and gas to Europe and the close collaboration in areas such as carbon capture, storage, hydrogen, and offshore wind.

The delegation included key representatives from the North Sea Port, Port of Antwerp-Bruges, Belgian Hydrogen Council, Engie, Fluxys, Heidelberg Materials, state authorities, and Belgium's Energy Minister Tinne van der Straeten.

A pivotal joint declaration on offshore wind was signed, focusing on enhancing cooperation in offshore wind infrastructure and exploring future hybrid cooperation projects. This initiative builds on a study conducted by the transmission system operators (TSOs), expected to conclude by the end of 2024. Norway’s Statnett is currently evaluating technical and regulatory aspects for potential hybrid grid solutions for offshore wind in collaboration with Belgian TSOs, with decisions anticipated for the 2025 call for tenders.

An agreement of intent was also inked for pipeline transport of CO2, setting the framework for a bilateral agreement to manage the regulatory aspects of constructing and operating a CO2 pipeline from Belgium to the Norwegian continental shelf. This pipeline aims to permanently store CO2 underground, a crucial step in promoting CO2 storage as a climate change solution.

Equinor and Belgian Fluxys are spearheading the "CO2 Highway Europe" project, which envisions a new CO2 pipeline operational by 2030. This pipeline will transport CO2 from Zeebrugge in Belgium, potentially extending to Dunkirk in France and Eemshaven in the Netherlands, aiding the decarbonisation of Europe's energy-intensive industries.

These agreements mark a significant advancement in the energy partnership between Norway and Belgium, reinforcing their commitment to achieving climate targets through innovative energy solutions.

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