An international consortium wants to make Bornholm a green bunker hub in the Baltic Sea. Several Danish companies are participating in the consortium, including Ørsted, Haldor Topsøe, Bunker Holding and Molslinjen. 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 as a green transport hub in the Baltic Sea should be carried out.
“We see great opportunities for Bornholm to use its central position as a hub where ships can refuel with sustainable fuels in the future.” – said Thomas Bendtsen, chief executive officer, Port of Roenne A/S, says:
The Bornholm Bunker Hub consortium has just launched a feasibility study to set out the financial potential for supplying sustainable fuels in the Baltic Sea – produced using offshore wind energy. The project will investigate how local Power-to-X can support the need for sustainable fuels for the more than 60,000 ships that pass Bornholm in the middle of the Baltic Sea every year.
“We see great potential in utilising Bornholm as an energy island to meet the Danish government’s ambitious goal of reducing CO2-emissions.” – said Anders Nordstrøm, Vice President, Head of Hydrogen at Ørsted
A change in the energy source for national shipping can contribute directly to Denmark’s ambitious goal of reducing CO2-emissions by 70% by 2030. The vision of the Bornholm Bunker Hub can also be scaled and contribute significantly to reducing global CO2 emissions. Denmark, with her long history as a maritime and energy pioneer, is also ideally placed to don the global leader’s jersey in the move to green energy for ships.
“In order to accelerate the maritime energy transition, it is crucial to develop not only propulsion technology, but also the availability of green fuels for shipping. The Bornholm project is bringing together all relevant stakeholders to make this happen.” said Gijsbert de Jong, Marine Chief Executive Nordics at Bureau Veritas Marine & Offshore.
Bornholm is centrally located in relation to exploiting the great potential of green electricity from offshore wind in the entire Baltic Sea region – not only in Danish waters, but also in Sweden, Poland and Germany. This means that Bornholm could become a unique energy centre that utilises regional energy resources to reduce CO2 emissions in society, including shipping.
The consortium behind Bornholm Bunker Hub comprises eight partners: Ørsted, Molslinjen, Haldor Topsoe, Bunker Holding Group, Wärtsilä, Rambøll, Bureau Veritas and Port of Roenne A/S.
Source: Port of Roenne