BASF Looks to Power Texas Operations with Wind Power PPAs

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BASF, a German multinational chemical company and the largest chemical producer in the world, says it is collaborating with EDF Energy North America to improve the energy balance and reduce CO2 emissions of two of its 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 BASF’s Verbund site in Freeport and 10 MW wind power to the Pasadena site. The agreement adds to another recently announced PPA that will supply the Freeport site with 55 MW of power from EDF Renewables’ Space City Solar project.

“The agreements underline BASF’s commitment to sustainability,” says Chris Witte, senior vice president and general manager of BASF’s Freeport site. “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. The addition of renewable energy to our Texas sites will ultimately benefit all three areas: sustainable products, processes and power.”

The projects will significantly improve the energy balance of both BASF sites and further complement the company’s overall sustainability goals. Approximately 70% of the energy supply to the Pasadena site and more than 90% of the power purchased in addition to the energy produced at the Freeport site will be supplied from renewable resources.

The wind farm selected to supply BASF is located in Crocket County, Texas. The planned start date for providing the BASF sites wind power is June. EDF Renewable’s Space City Solar in Wharton, Texas, is expected to begin construction in the summer and renewable energy supply will start mid-2022.

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