The Bornholm Bunker Hub consortium will investigate the potential of establishing a green maritime fuel bunkering station on the Danish island.
The consortium's founding parties (Ørsted, Molslinjen, Haldor Topsøe, Bunker Holding Group, Wärtsilä, Rambøll, Bureau Veritas, and the Port of Rønne) will carry out a feasibility study to set out the financial potential for supplying sustainable fuels, produced using offshore wind energy, in the Baltic Sea.
The project will investigate how local Power-to-X can support the need for sustainable fuels for the more than 60k ships that pass Bornholm in the middle of the Baltic Sea every year.
The project will also answer whether it is appropriate to produce green ammonia locally or if it should be imported to Bornholm.
"We see great potential in utilising Bornholm as an energy island to meet the Danish government's ambitious goal of reducing CO2-emissions [-70% by 2030 vs the 1990 level]. Denmark has a unique opportunity to create an industrial position of strength within the production of sustainable fuels for heavy transport and to create jobs in the process. Bornholm's strategic location makes it also ideal as a hub for green energy solutions, and we look forward to exploring the potential for delivering sustainable fuels for shipping from Bornholm," Anders Nordstrøm, Ørsted's Vice President and Head of Hydrogen, said.
Cato Esperø, Wärtsilä's Sales Director in Norway, added: "We see the Bornholm Bunker Hub initiative as very interesting in terms of our ongoing development of multi-fuel engines and testing future clean fuels for shipping."
"At Bureau Veritas, we will support this exciting project by providing technical and regulatory expertise for the safe storage and handling of alternative green fuels, and by addressing the certification of these fuels to their origins," Gijsbert de Jong, Marine Chief Executive Nordics at Bureau Veritas Marine & Offshore, also commented.
Photo: Port of Rønne