Construction of Europe’s largest e-fuel facility to kick off in Sweden

FlagshipONE, the largest green electrofuel (e-fuel) facility in Europe with a final investment decision (FID) in place, will soon enter the construction phase.

FlagshipONE illustration. Courtesy of Liquid Wind

Swedish Liquid Wind, the original developer of the project, has revealed that the groundbreaking for the project will start on 24 May 2023 in the municipality of Örnsköldsvik in northeast Sweden.

Danish offshore wind developer Ørsted, which took full ownership of FlagshipONE in December 2022, will host a groundbreaking ceremony with the site host Övik Energi AB and Liquid Wind.

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In September 2022, the project obtained an environmental permit from the Land and Environment Court in Umeå to build the first large-scale green electrofuel facility for the marine industry.

Carbon Clean will supply the carbon capture equipment while the technology package for the facility will come from German company Siemens Energy. The package comprises four proton exchange membrane (PEM) electrolysers with a total capacity of 70 megawatts (MW), as well as the plant-wide electrification and automation systems, including innovative digitalisation solutions (such as the use of digital twins), and the entire power distribution and compressor systems.

Expected to become operational in 2025, FlagshipONE will produce around 50,000 tonnes of e-methanol each year to help decarbonise the world’s shipping industry, which accounts for 3% of global carbon emissions.