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BASF advances renewable energy commitment with EDF Energy NA contract


BASF, the Germany-based chemical company, announced Thursday it would collaborate with EDF Energy North America to reduce its CO2 emissions at two Texas facilities. Accordingly, the companies signed a 35 MW Wind Power Purchase Agreement (PPA).

Moreover, this agreement adds to another recently announced PPA that will supply one of BASF’s facilities with 55MW power from EDF’s Space City Solar project.

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New partnership for sustainability

Earlier today, the chemical firm BASF announced it would improve its energy balance and reduce C02 emissions at two Texas production facilities. In this regard, the company signed a 35MW PPA with EDF Energy North America that will bring 25MW and 10MW wind power to its Freeport and Pasadena sites, respectively.

Moreover, this agreement adds to another PPA that will supply the Freeport site with 55MW power from EDF’s Space City Solar project.

In fact, EDF selected its Crocket County’s wind farm to supply both facilities. In this regard, the planned start date for providing the site’s power is June 2021. Besides, EDF Renewable’s Space City Solar in Wharton, Texas, will begin construction in Summer 2021, and renewable energy supply will start by mid-2022.

Specifically, Chris Witte, Senior Vice President and General Manager for the company’s site in Freeport, said; “The agreements underline BASF’s commitment to sustainability. Manufacturing products for sustainable solutions, reducing emissions from our processes, and using non-fossil fueled energy sources; all of these efforts help lead us on our continuing journey of sustainability.”

Furthermore, Witted said that; “the addition of renewable energy to (BASF’s) Texas sites will ultimately benefit all three areas: sustainable products, processes, and power.”

BASF advancing its renewable energy commitment

In the same way, the projects will significantly improve the energy balance of both BASF sites. Simultaneously, this PPA will further complement the company’s overall sustainability goals.

Equally important, approximately 70% of the Pasadena site’s energy supply; and more than 90% of the Freeport site will come from renewable resources. Hence, these amounts of power equal the energy consumption of more than 10,500 households.

In summary, the wind and solar power additions to BASF’s energy portfolio further enhance its climate protection goal of CO2 neutral growth until 2030. Likewise, these additions are part of the company’s ambitious Carbon Management program. In fact, BASF is gradually replacing fossil fuels with renewable energy sources through this plan.

At the same time, the EDF Energy North America’s partnership “ensures the reliability of the BASF assets; and increases efficiency and competitiveness at both sites;” the company concluded in a press release.

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