Today, at an event in Örnsköldsvik in , Ørsted broke ground on largest e-methanol project, FlagshipONE. The groundbreaking of FlagshipONE not only marks the construction start of the project, but also the first steps in a new green era of shipping, where large-scale methanol production facilities will supply a constantly growing fleet of methanol-powered vessels. Currently, over 110 e-methanol vessels have been ordered or are in operation, up from 80 vessels at the end of 2022. At the same time, new regulation such as FuelEU Maritime is also increasing the demand for new, green maritime fuels. FlagshipONE will start production in 2025, when it will produce 50,000 tonnes of e-methanol yearly.
Originally developed by the Swedish e-fuels company Liquid Wind, FlagshipONE will be located next to Övik combined heat and power plant Hörneborgsverket in Örnsköldsvik, where the groundbreaking event also took place. The event was attended by political representatives from both local, regional, national, and international bodies, as well as by representatives from partner companies, including , Carbon Clean, and Topsoe, who will deliver the electrolysers and control system, the carbon capture equipment, and the methanol synthesis equipment, respectively. In addition to these major equipment suppliers, local companies are already involved in the project, and the operation of the plant will also create direct and indirect jobs in Örnskoldsvik.