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Consortium wants to make Bornholm a green filling station for shipping

An international consortium wants to make Bornholm a green bunker hub in the Baltic, where ships can refuel with sustainable fuels in the future

Bornholm Bunker Hub is the name of a new consortium, in which a number of international players are testing opportunities to establish a bunkering station with green maritime fuel on Bornholm. Several Danish companies are participating in the consortium, including Ørsted, Haldor Topsøe, Bunker Holding and Molslinjen.

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.

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.

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.

Bornholm is also centrally located in relation to exploiting the great potential of green electricity from offshore wind in the entire Baltic 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 the regional energy resources to reduce CO2 emissions in society, including shipping. As part of the project, investigations will also be carried out as to whether it is appropriate to produce green ammonia locally on Bornholm, or whether this should be imported in the first phase.

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.

Anders Nordstrøm, Vice President, Head of Hydrogen at Ørsted, says: “We see great potential in utilising Bornholm as an energy island to meet the Danish government's ambitious goal of reducing CO2-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. 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.”


Carsten Jensen, CEO of Bornholmslinjen, says: “Many ships pass Bornholm every day from across the whole Baltic Sea area. The idea of a bunker hub on Bornholm, and investigating the possibility and potential for creating a sustainable business in the future, is an obvious one.”


Jes Nikolaj Knudsen, Senior Product Line Director at Haldor Topsøe, says: “Ammonia produced from renewable energy is a very promising maritime fuel. Green ammonia can be produced from air, water and electricity from wind turbines or solar cells – and as a fuel, green ammonia can remove unwanted emissions from shipping, which today account for 2.5% of global greenhouse gases. At Haldor Topsøe, we have further developed our world-leading ammonia technology to work optimally with the fluctuating energy supply from wind and solar. And we are proud to be able to contribute to Bornholm Bunker Hub, which will be positive for the region's economy and also reduce CO2 emissions significantly.”


Christoffer Berg Lassen, CCO, Bunker Holding Group says: “Our industry faces an important and very complex task in the near future. In order to solve this task, it is incredibly important that we collaborate across the industry and contribute our 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.”


Cato Esperø, sales director, Wärtsilä in Norway, says: “At Wärtsilä, decarbonisation is at the top of our agenda. 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. We are really looking forward to the experience that participating in such a forward-looking consortium will give us.”


Leif Laszlo Haaning, market director at Rambøll, says: “We are proud to be part of the consortium and thereby shape the development of the green transition. We see great potential in green shipping and PtX in the Baltic Sea and hope that in the consortium we can both mature the technology and create local jobs. We must first carry out a feasibility study so that we can create the right basis for important, future decisions.”


Gijsbert de Jong, Marine Chief Executive Nordics at Bureau Veritas Marine & Offshore says: “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.” 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.”


Thomas Bendtsen, chief executive officer, Port of Roenne A/S, says: “We see great opportunities for Bornholm to use its central position as a hub where ships can refuel with sustainable fuels in the future.”


Members of the Bornholm Bunker Hub

Ørsted is a world leader in the production of renewable energy from offshore wind and is now also heavily involved in a number of hydrogen and Power-to-X projects in Northwestern Europe.

Bornholmslinjen is a division of Molslinjen, which is dedicated to reducing energy consumption and CO2 emissions on all the routes where Molslinjen operates in Denmark. The routes to and from Bornholm can be potential purchasers of green fuel from Bornholm Bunker Hub.

Haldor Topsøe is a world-leading supplier of technology to the chemical industry and refineries. The company focuses its efforts on developing technologies that reduce CO2 emissions. Haldor Topsøe has also developed new technologies for the production of green fuels based on electricity from wind turbines and solar cells, such as ammonia and methanol. Topsøe is already involved in multiple projects focusing on green fuels worldwide, including the Helios project, which includes the world's largest ammonia plant. haldortopsoe.com

Bunker Holding Group is a world-leader within the trading and supply of maritime fuels. The company's activities cover the entire supply chain and include trading and physical supply of maritime fuel as well as risk management. Bunker Holding is therefore in a strong position to contribute both broad market knowledge and technical expertise in physical operations. The subsidiary Bunker One, which is responsible for the physical delivery of marine fuel, is actively involved in several green projects which will contribute important insight into the project based on Bornholm as a green bunker hub. Bunker Holding, owned by the USTC Group, has its headquarters in Middelfart, and is represented in 33 countries.

Wärtsilä is a technology and solution provider for the maritime and energy industries and focuses on creating sustainable communities. Wärtsilä is actively developing its engine technologies and tank storage systems to utilise alternative fuels in the marine industry. Wärtsilä is also the project manager for the ZEEDS project, which promotes offshore ammonia bunker hubs in the Baltic Sea and the North Sea.

Rambøll is involved in energy infrastructure projects around the world and sees a growing interest in the possibility of adding Power-to-X production to renewable energy projects that increase the value of the power produced. Rambøll has extensive experience in designing large infrastructure projects.

Bureau Veritas is the world leader in laboratory testing, inspection and certification services. The group was established in 1828 and has more than 75,000 employees in more than 1,600 offices and laboratories across the globe. With a classified fleet of more than 11,400 ships, Bureau Veritas is the largest classification company by number of assets. With our expertise, we are supporting the maritime energy transition towards fossil-free sailing and helping our customers to meet the challenges of safety, environment, social responsibility and quality throughout the chain.

Port of Roenne A/S is Bornholm's only commercial port, with ferry routes to Sweden, Denmark and Germany. The port has been chosen as the installation port for Denmark's largest offshore wind farm at Kriegers Flak, and the port is expected to play a key role in the realisation of the future energy island off the coast of Bornholm, with electrical connections to Denmark, Poland, Germany and Sweden.