June 20, 2021

Consortium wants to make Bornholm a green filling station for shipping

Ramboll is a partner in an international consortium, which 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. The consortium consists of Ramboll as well as Ørsted, Molslinjen, Haldor Topsoe, Bunker Holding Group, Wärtsilä, Bureau Veritas and Port of Roenne A/S.
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.
Leif Laszlo Haaning, market director at Ramboll, 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 Power-to-X 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.”