Shipping giant Maersk Group recently signed separate agreements with several European suppliers to ensure a stable supply of green fuel for its fleet of 12 new-build methanol-powered ships.
It is reported that the supply agreement was signed by Danish power company Ørsted, Swiss integrated energy company Proman and Danish solar equipment supplier European Energy.
As early as 2021, Maersk has undertaken several initiatives aimed at supplying Maersk‘s environmentally friendly fleet with the methanol needed. It is worth mentioning that in 2021, Maersk will order 12 16,000TEU container ships from Hyundai Heavy Industries in South Korea. The shipbuilding order follows Maersk’s order for a feeder’s vessel with dual-fuel engine technology at Hyundai Mipo Shipyard in South Korea, which can sail on methanol or conventional ultra-low sulfur fuels.
Among several methanol fuel suppliers, Ørsted will develop a Power-to-X facility on the U.S. Gulf Coast to fuel the 12 new ships. According to the letter of intent signed by both parties, this Power-to-X facility will become a landmark project in the green transition of international deepwater shipping and set the standard for the large-scale production of green maritime fuels in the future. The Power-to-X facility will have a capacity of 675 MW and will produce approximately 300,000 tonnes of e-methanol annually, the largest potential green fuel off-take agreement ever announced in the maritime industry, with the project scheduled to be commissioned in the second half of 2025.
Another supplier, Proman, will develop a green methanol supply solution for Maersk‘s container ships. According to the cooperation agreement signed by the two parties, Proman will identify and develop a green methanol supply scheme for Maersk‘s new methanol-powered ships and will provide Maersk with an annual output of 100,000 to 150,000 tons through its methanol facility with an annual output of 200,000 tons developed in North America. of green methanol, the project is expected to start operations in 2025. In addition, the two parties will further collaborate on global projects aimed at producing and delivering green methanol for Maersk’s ships. Proman will leverage its expertise in the methanol value chain to optimize global supply at Maersk’s key bunkering ports while collaborating more broadly and sharing operational and technical best practices to drive sustainable shipping. Meanwhile, Proman will evaluate multiple bio methanol and e-methanol projects in South America, Europe, and the UK, which will be explored with Maersk as part of Maersk and the shipping industry’s long-term green methanol supply strategy. Proman will continue to invest globally in new ultra-low emission natural gas-to-methanol plants designed to maximize efficiency and minimize emissions to help meet broader marine fuel demand.
Danish supplier European Energy will also supply Maersk with up to 300,000 tonnes of e-methanol per year. According to the letter of intent signed by the two parties, the two parties will cooperate in the development of electronic methanol projects, and European Energy will develop and construct large-scale electronic methanol projects in North and South America. Maersk will be the sole off-taker of e-methanol for these plants.
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