Maersk secures green e-methanol for container vessel

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A.P. Moller – Maersk will produce green fuel for its first vessel to operate on carbon-neutral methanol, in partnership with REintegrate, a subsidiary of the Danish renewable energy company European Energy.

REintegrate and European Energy will establish a new facility in Denmark to produce around 10,000 tonnes of carbon-neutral e-methanol that Maersk’s first vessel with the ability to operate on green e-methanol will consume annually.

Maersk announced the dual-fuel vessel – an industry first – in February. In June, the company announced that Hyundai Mipo Dockyards will be building the 2100 twenty-foot equivalent feeder.

The methanol facility will use renewable energy and biogenic CO2 to produce e-methanol. The energy needed for the power-to-methanol production will be provided by a solar farm in Kasso, southern Denmark.

Henriette Hallberg Thygesen, CEO of Fleet & Strategic Brands, A.P. Moller – Maersk, said: “This type of partnership could become a blueprint for how to scale green fuel production through collaboration with partners across the industry ecosystem, and it will provide us with valuable experiences as we are progressing on our journey to decarbonise our customers’ supply chains.

“Sourcing the fuels of the future is a significant challenge, and we need to be able to scale production in time. This agreement with European Energy/REintegrate brings us on track to deliver on our ambition to have the world’s first container vessel operated on carbon-neutral methanol on the water by 2023.”

REintegrate has a proven track record for producing green e-methanol with a test laboratory in Aalborg. The new facility will be its third e-methanol facility, as they are also constructing an e-methanol facility in Skive, due to start-up in 2022.

“We’re proud to be a part of the first large-scale e-methanol production in Denmark,” said Knud Erik Andersen, CEO of European Energy.

“While renewable energy is becoming more and more common in the energy mix of electricity consumption, this is one of the first steps in heavy transportation towards using 100% renewable energy. This agreement marks a milestone in the journey towards green transition in the shipping industry.”