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Friday, February 26, 2021 

DFDS has partnered with major Danish organisations including dairy cooperative Arla, shipping giant Maersk, meat exporter Danish Crown and agribusiness cooperative DLG in Power-to-Ammonia, a new alternative fuel project.

This new project is said to be complementary to alternative fossils projects involving DFDS and Maersk, adding green ammonia to DFDS' s pipeline of alternative fossils including green hydrogen, green methanol and MASH biofuel.

The poject aims to create one of Europe’s largest green ammonia production facilities. Green ammonia is considered to be a feasible replacement for fuel oil used on ferries because it is produced by a 100% renewable and carbon-free process. It can be burnt in a solid oxide fuel cell with only water and nitrogen as a by-product.

DFDS has declared its aim to reduce its total CO2 emissions by 45% within the next 10 years, and become climate neutral by 2050. The company's 50-plus ferries account for 96% of the company’s emissions.

DFDS CEO Torben Carlsen said: “Vessels are designed and built for today’s fuelling and a green fossil alternative for vessels does not currently exist. That’s why we’re partnering in projects like Power-to-Ammonia. The ability to establish a vision of an industrial-scale sustainable fuel production facility is due to the power of partnerships. The cooperation of fuel users and producers along with scientists and society is the fastest way to make sustainable fuels available as realistic alternatives to the fossil fuels we combust in our vehicles and vessels today. I hope that this partnership will help us reach our goal of operating zero-emission ferries and trucks much faster than without the partnership."

The Power-to-Ammonia project will be based in Esbjerg on the west coast of Denmark. It aims to produce around 50,000t of green fuel and possibly serve as a North Sea fuel hub. The facility is expected to be operational in 2026.

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