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Vattenfall and Preem to study offshore wind for hydrogen

Vattenfall and Preem to study offshore wind for hydrogen
An aerial view of an offshore wind farm (photo courtesy Vattenfall).

In Sweden, energy major Vattenfall AB and oil refiner and renewable fuels producer Preem AB will now enter into a feasibility phase to assess the possibility of accelerating the development of a value chain connecting offshore wind and hydrogen with the refining industry on the west coast.

In 2019, Vattenfall and Preem signed a three-year agreement that forms the foundation for increased collaboration around fossil-free hydrogen for biofuel production, electrification, and electricity supply.

The companies will now enter into the feasibility phase of this agreement.

Vattenfall sees a huge potential to decarbonize industries like refining, petrochemicals, steel, and fertilizers by using fossil-free electricity and hydrogen.

For Vattenfall, the electrification of society and industry is at the core of our business strategy, said Anna Borg, President, and CEO of Vattenfall.

Industrial west coast

Preem and Vattenfall believe that in order to strengthen Sweden’s position as a frontrunner in the emerging markets of fossil-free fuels and materials, new partnerships between fossil-free energy suppliers and decarbonizing industries and innovative cooperations are needed.

Anna Borg, President, and CEO of Vattenfall
Anna Borg, President, and CEO of Vattenfall (photo courtesy Vattenfall).

On the Swedish west coast, there is a highly specialized refinery and petrochemicals industry, great potential for offshore wind power, and a strong desire to transform throughout the region.

With the recently announced plans by Svenska Kraftnät, the Swedish Transmission System Operator (TSO), to expand the transmission network to areas, like the Swedish west coast, within Sweden’s maritime territory, an important framework is set to realize such ambitions.

Our strong and growing Swedish offshore wind development portfolio of currently more than 20 TWh offers ample opportunities. Therefore, Vattenfall has taken the initiative for this concept development on the west coast, where offshore wind and hydrogen production can play a key role, in the transformation to a fossil-free industry. Cross-sector cooperation and partnerships are the way forward, Anna Borg said.

Preem is Sweden’s largest fuel company and has begun its transition from fossil fuels to a renewable and climate-neutral value chain by 2035.

Fossil-free hydrogen enables both decarbonization of the refineries and increased production of renewable fuels such as renewable diesel (HVO), renewable gasoline, and sustainable aviation fuels (SAF).

An increased supply of fossil-free hydrogen also enables Preem to explore the development of electro-fuels (e-fuels) for hard-to-decarbonize segments like aviation and maritime.

Society’s need for renewable fuels is increasing at high speed but the supply of necessary fossil-free hydrogen is still scarce. A new infrastructure for hydrogen from offshore wind could swiftly increase supply and speed up our transition toward a climate-neutral value chain and enable the production of 5 million cubic meters of renewable fuels and e-fuels no later than 2035. This can only be achieved if we work together and partner up, said Magnus Heimburg, CEO of Preem.

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