The Netherlands is a priority country for UKCCSRC international engagement activities due to the extent of CCS activity in the country, as per the Centre's International Engagement Strategy.
The Dutch national R&D programme for CO2 capture, transport and storage, known as CATO, is highlighted as a key CCS organisation in the Netherlands, in the UKCCSRC International Engagement Strategy. CATO is a consortium of nearly 40 partners which builds on the success of previous phases of the programme: CATO-1 and CATO-2.
In 2014, UKCCSRC signed an MoU with CATO to strengthen efforts by the two organisations to work collaboratively on CCS research and networking activities. Having this framework in place has ensured that UKCCSRC has been well represented at key CATO meetings and events, e.g. the annual Dutch CCS Symposia, and that top Dutch CCS experts have been able to visit the UK to attend flagship meetings such as the UKCCSRC biannual meetings.
A key outcome of this important relationship between UKCCSRC and CATO has been development opportunities for Early Career Researchers (ECRs). In 2014, ECRs from CATO were invited to join the UKCCSRC Annual ECR Meeting. The event allowed both UK and Dutch ECRs to present their work and exchange knowledge with a wide audience including academics from both countries, and representatives from industry.
Following the success of this meeting, UK CCS ECRs were invited to join the First North Sea Young CCS Researchers Conference which focused on the next generation of CCS researchers, who have the responsibilty for developing and implementing CCS technology on a large-scale. The meeting included project updates from the participants, a visit to the CATO demonstration capture plant at the E.ON power plant, and participation in the 7th Dutch CCS Symposium.