The Port of Roenne continues to expand and strengthen its position as one of the green energy centers in the Baltic Sea and an installation port for offshore wind farms in the region. At the Baltic Energy Security Summit, Denmark, along with other Baltic countries, decided to increase the amount of offshore wind capacity in the Baltic Sea 7-fold by 2030. To accommodate this, the Port of Roenne A/S is accelerating its planned expansion of port facilities so that the port can manage multiple projects simultaneously within a few years.
“The Baltic Energy Security Summit is a powerful demonstration of how the countries of the Baltic Sea region intend to intensify cooperation in expanding offshore wind capacity to enable us to become independent of Russian gas. Due to Bornholm’s location in the Baltic Sea, we at the Port of Roenne A/S are experiencing tremendous interest in using our port facilities as a staging area for offshore wind turbine projects. This demand will only increase in the coming years, which means that port infrastructure for offshore wind turbine projects in the Baltic Sea may become insufficient within a few years. We are therefore accelerating the planned expansion of port facilities that will enable us to manage multiple projects simultaneously within a few years”, says Lars Nordahl Lemvigh, CEO of Port of Roenne A/S.
The port of Roenne has been Bornholm’s gateway to the world for centuries, but a 2019 expansion project has elevated the port’s role to that of a green energy hub in the Baltic Sea in just a few years. Last year, the “Kriegers Flak” was launched from Roenne – the largest wind farm in Scandinavia. This year both foundations and wind turbines for the German project “Arcadis Ost 1” will be launched from the port. The port’s order book currently includes projects with a total capacity of nearly 3 GW. This does not include wind turbines for the future Energy Island Bornholm project, which is expected to be the first of its kind in the world with a potential of 3 GW of offshore wind power by 2030.
In addition to being a key berth for OWE projects, the Port of Roenne is also involved in a number of projects aimed at accelerating the ecological transformation of shipping in the Baltic Sea. The Port of Roenne A/S is a member of the Bornholm Bunker Hub consortium, which aims to make Bornholm a green refueling station and envisions the possibility of providing green fuel for some of the more than 60,000 ships that pass through Bornholm each year. The consortium behind the Bornholm Bunker Hub includes eight partners: Ørsted, Molslinjen, Topsøe, Bunker Holding Group, Wärtsilä, Rambøll, Bureau Veritas and Port of Roenne A/S.
In addition to their efforts to become a green refueling station in the Baltic Sea, the Port of Roenne is part of a European network of ports working to create green shipping corridors crossing the Baltic Sea and the North Sea. The European Green Corridor Network is led by the Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping and includes a number of key northern European ports: Hamburg, Gdynia, Rotterdam and Tallinn. The European Green Corridor Network aims to demonstrate the early stage of commercialization of alternative fuel supply chains, support innovative solutions and develop a plan to introduce green corridors in other areas and regions.