As part of the strategy to decarbonise customers' supply chains, Danish carrier Maersk has signed a green* methanol partnership with U.S.-based project developer Carbon Sink LLC.

"This is Maersk's 8th such agreement in the efforts to accelerate global production of green methanol," says a release from Maersk.

The parties have signed a Letter of Intent covering the development by Carbon Sink of green methanol production facilities in the United States, the release added. "The first facility will be co-located with the Red River Energy existing bioethanol plant in Rosholt, South Dakota, USA, and will have a production capacity of approximately 100,000 tonnes per year."

The commercial start is anticipated in 2027 and Maersk intends to purchase the full volume produced at the plant with options for the output of subsequent Carbon Sink facilities at other locations, the release added.

"Securing green fuels at scale in this decade is critical in our fleet decarbonisation efforts," says Berit Hinnemann, Head of Green Fuels Sourcing, Maersk. "We have set a 2040 net zero target for our entire business but importantly to stay in line with the Paris Agreement, we have also set 2030 targets to ensure meaningful progress in this decade. Partnerships are essential on this journey, and I am very pleased to welcome Carbon Sink on board."

Carbon Sink uses a commercially available technology to produce green methanol by combining green hydrogen from electrolysis of water using additional renewable electricity and biogenic CO2. The CO2 for the first project will be waste CO2 captured from the Red River Energy bioethanol plant, recycling those emissions into green methanol, the release said.

"We are very pleased to be working with Maersk in support of their mission to decarbonise the shipping sector," says Steve Meyer, CEO, Carbon Sink. "Carbon Sink brings a vast wealth of knowledge, experience and partnerships to help them achieve their ambitious corporate goals. Our multi-project development strategy creates a pathway for the supply of significant volumes of green methanol to help meet the demand of Maersk's growing dual-fuel ship fleet."

Carbon Sink joins seven strategic partners working to secure the green fuel needed for the 19 container vessels Maersk currently has on order that are capable of operating on green methanol. In March, Maersk announced six partnerships with CIMC ENRIC, European Energy, Green Technology Bank, Orsted, Proman, and WasteFuel with the intent of sourcing at least 730,000 tonnes per year by the end of 2025. A seventh partnership with Debo was added in August, the release said.

(*Green means fuels or energy that have low or very low greenhouse gas emissions on a total life cycle basis.)

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