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Power2Earth consortium to develop Sweden’s first fossil-free mineral fertilizer facility

Power2Earth consortium to develop Sweden’s first fossil-free mineral fertilizer facility
Power2Earth, a joint partnership with Fertiberia, Lantmännen, and Nordion Energi aims to build a 1 million tonnes per annum fossil-free mineral fertilizer plant in Luleå, Sweden (photo courtesy Power2Earth).

In the largest initiative of its kind in the Nordic region, Fertiberia, Lantmännen, and Nordion Energi AB have announced a partnership aimed at establishing Sweden's first fossil-free mineral fertilizer production through the joint initiative Power2Earth.

The establishment of Power2Earth represents a significant step in Sweden’s green transition and increased self-sufficiency.

The partnership builds upon technology developed by Fertiberia, a leading European producer of fossil-free mineral fertilizers.

The collaboration is based on a shared vision of sustainable and resilient agricultural and food production, combining the strengths, expertise, and experience of each partner.

By utilizing an electrolysis technology based on renewable energy, Power2Earth aims for the lowest possible emissions in the production process.

Permitting preparations

The project was initiated in 2021, and since then, several feasibility studies have been completed, along with securing land for the facility establishment in Luleå, northern Sweden.

Production is scheduled to start by the end of 2028, with the total investment estimated to be around EUR 2 billion, with partners planning to contribute varying amounts in the final investment phase.

Currently, preparations are underway for an environmental permit application, which is scheduled to be submitted in the second quarter of 2024.

Fertiberia brings its industrial experience of more than five decades in the production, operation, and logistics of ammonia, as well as its leadership in driving green hydrogen to decarbonize the agriculture sector with state-of-the-art fertilizers. We are also proud to contribute to the achievement of Sweden’s ambitious CO2 emission reduction targets while providing regional growth and building a more resilient food supply with reduced dependence on imports, Javier Goñi, CEO of Fertiberia.

One million tonnes capacity

The initiative is also an important step in enabling a robust Swedish food supply.

With a production capacity of one million tonnes of mineral fertilizer annually, Power2Earth has significant potential to increase the resilience of Swedish food production, in line with Sweden’s national food strategy and ambitions regarding enhanced preparedness capability.

This is achieved by reducing dependency on imports improving conditions for domestic food production and increasing Swedish self-sufficiency.

Through Power2Earth’s production of fossil-free mineral fertilizer in Luleå, there is a potential to reduce emissions by around 1.6 million tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2), which corresponds to approximately 25 percent of emissions from Swedish agriculture.

This positions Power2Earth as a key player in the green transition within the Swedish food sector.

Power2Earth is revolutionary for the Swedish agricultural and food industry as fossil-free mineral fertilizer is crucial for creating a sustainable, efficient, and future-proof food chain. Domestic production of mineral fertilizer reduces Sweden’s overall dependence on fertilizer imports and is essential for developing robust food preparedness. We are pleased to now take the next step and establish Power2Earth together with Fertiberia and Nordion Energi, said Per Arfvidsson, Deputy CEO and CTO at Lantmännen.

Nordic Hydrogen Route

Power2Earth also becomes a positive addition to the industrial landscape of Norrbotten.

By introducing the production of fossil-free mineral fertilizer and access to renewable hydrogen in the region, Norrbotten is positioned as a hub for the continued expansion of hydrogen.

The establishment also strengthens regional growth and diversifies the region’s industry.

Power2Earth is the first step on the Nordic Hydrogen Route, a 1000-kilometer-long underground hydrogen pipeline connecting Sweden and Finland. Hydrogen is central to Norrbotten’s long-term diversification of the industrial sector, and through the Power2Earth project, we illustrate how the new hydrogen infrastructure is cost-effective, delivers energy security, and reduces carbon dioxide emissions. We are proud to contribute to regional green transition, economic development, and Swedish self-sufficiency together with Fertiberia and Lantmännen, ended Hans Kreisel, CEO of Nordion Energi.

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