Fertiberia, Lantmännen, and Nordion Energi to develop renewable fertilizer plant

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Fertiberia, Lantmännen, and Nordion Energi announced on Monday that they have entered into a partnership with the intention of establishing Sweden’s first fossil-fuel-free mineral-fertilizer production facility.

The companies said that the joint Power2Earth initiative, the largest of its kind in the Nordic region, will use renewable energy to power its hydrogen-based production process.

They added that the project will have the potential to significantly reduce carbon dioxide emissions in the agricultural sector and to safeguard the country’s food supply.

The facility, which will have an annual production capacity of one million tonnes of fertilizer, is scheduled to start operating by the end of 2028, and will cost around €2bn.

The companies said that Power2Earth will employ technology developed by Fertiberia, with each partner contributing its own strengths, expertise, and experience.

They also noted that, since the project’s initiation in 2021, several feasibility studies have been completed and a site in the city of Luleå has been secured.

Preparations are currently underway for an environmental permit application, which is scheduled to be submitted in the second quarter of 2024.

Lantmännen’s deputy CEO, Per Arfvidsson, commented that “Power2Earth is revolutionary for the Swedish agricultural and food industry as fossil-free mineral fertilizer is crucial for creating a sustainable, efficient and future-proof food chain.

“Domestic production of mineral fertilizer reduces Sweden’s overall dependence on fertilizer imports and is essential for developing a robust food preparedness,” he added.

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