Swedish renewables developer OX2 AB and Finnish limestone-based products manufacturer Nordkalk Oy have joined forces to explore the possibilities of e-fuel production on the Swedish island of Gotland, situated in the Baltic Sea.
In a recent press release, the two companies announced their intention to initiate a pilot study, aimed at designing a potential facility, evaluating the land's utility, and exploring the development potential of the Storugns harbor.
This initiative stands to benefit from OX2's robust portfolio of large-scale offshore wind projects surrounding the island, including the notable 5.5-Gigawatt (GW) Aurora facility, capable of supplying the requisite electricity and hydrogen for a prospective plant. OX2 is also actively engaged in developing hydrogen infrastructure and collaborating on a hydrogen pipeline project connecting Finland, Aland, Sweden, and Germany.
The output from the envisioned e-fuels plant could find applications at Nordkalk's facilities, serving as a replacement for fossil fuels in their production processes or as an enhancement for refining limestone into fertilization products. Additionally, the e-fuels produced could serve as a sustainable fuel source for shipping and heavy transportation needs.