BASF, a German multinational chemical company and the world's largest chemical producer, claims to be working with EDF Energy North America to improve the energy balance and reduce CO2 emissions from two production sites in Texas.
The companies have signed a 35 MW wind power purchase agreement (PPA) that will bring 25 MW of wind power to the BASF Verbund site in Freeport and 10 MW of wind power to the Pasadena site. The agreement complements another recently announced PPA that will provide the Freeport site with 55 MW of electricity from EDF Renewables' Space City Solar project.
“The agreements underscore BASF's commitment to sustainability,” says Chris Witte, Senior Vice President and General Manager of the BASF Freeport site. “The manufacture of products for sustainable solutions, the reduction of emissions from our processes and the use of non-fossil energy sources – all of these efforts help us to continue on our path of sustainability. Ultimately, adding renewable energy to our Texas locations will benefit all three areas: sustainable products, processes, and energy. “
The projects will significantly improve the energy balance of both BASF sites and further complement the company's general sustainability goals. Approximately 70% of the energy supply at the Pasadena site and more than 90% of the electricity purchased in addition to the electricity generated at the Freeport site is supplied from renewable resources.
The wind farm selected to supply BASF is located in Crocket County, Texas. The planned start date for the provision of wind energy at the BASF sites is June. EDF Renewable's Space City Solar in Wharton, Texas is expected to begin construction in the summer, and renewables will begin in mid-2022.