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Bornholm, the Baltic Sea’s green bunker hub

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By State of Green, June 15, 2021

A new consortium called Bornholm Bunker Hub is exploring the possibilities for using the Danish island Bornholm as a ‘green gas station’.

With the likes of Ørsted, Molslinjen, Haldor Topsoe, Bunker Holding Group, Wärtsilä, Rambøll, Bureau Veritas and Port of Roenne on board, the newly formed Bornholm Bunker Hub is exploring how local Power-to-X initiatives can support the demand for sustainable fuel from the more than 60,000 ships that pass the Danish island of Bornholm yearly.

More specifically, the consortium wants to explore the potential for using the Danish island as a base for supplying sustainable fuels for vessels in the Baltic Sea. The companies behind the new initiative emphasise that Bornholm is ideally located to exploit green electricity generated from offshore wind in the Baltic region, including Denmark, Sweden, Poland and Germany.

The new consortium has already taken its first step with the publication of a feasibility a feasibility study to set out the financial potential for supplying sustainable fuels in the Baltic Sea produced using offshore wind energy.

– related news: Bornholm can become the world’s first energy island

Part of a greater transition
The launch of the Bornholm Bunker Hub comes just a few weeks after the Danish government’s growth team on Bornholm recommended that a study of Bornholm has a green transport hub in the Baltic Sea should be carried out.

Denmark has a national target of reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by 70 per cent by 2030, and the partners are not shy of highlighting the new initiative as a potential lever in achieving the objective:

‘We see great potential in utilising Bornholm as an energy island to meet the Danish government’s ambitious goal of reducing emissions. 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”, says Anders Nordstrøm, Vice President and Head of Hydrogen at Ørsted.

Also partnering Wärtsila and Bunker Holding Group highlight the synergies and cross-sector potential that Bornholm as a new green bunker hub may foster:

“We see the Bornholm Bunker Hub initiative as very interesting in terms of our ongoing development of multi-fuel engines and testing of future clean fuels for shipping,” says Cato Esperø who is Sales Director of Wärtsila Norway.

“Our industry if approaching and important and complex task in the coming time. To come up with the right solutions, it is imperative at we collaboration across the sector and chip in with individual expertise. A project like this is a good example of how we as an industry can form a common front in working on the green transition,” underlines CCO of Bunker Holding, Christoffer Berg Lassen.

– related news: North Sea energy island will supply green electricity to millions of households 

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