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Statkraft supplies wind power to OPTERRA cement plants

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World Cement,

Statkraft, one of Europe’s largest producers of renewable energy, has signed a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with OPTERRA, one of the leading cement manufacturers in Germany, for the supply of green electricity from onshore wind farms.

OPTERRA, a subsidiary of the global CRH Group, is thus implementing an important pillar of the sustainability initiative launched in 2021. Statkraft will supply around 30 gigawatt hours of wind power annually to the OPTERRA plants in Karsdorf (Saxony-Anhalt), Wössingen (Baden-Württemberg) and Sötenich (North Rhine-Westphalia) between 2022 and 2025. The wind power is generated in four wind farms that no longer receive EEG subsidies. The PPA thus enables the wind farms that have been extracted to continue operating economically. The amount of electricity supplied corresponds to the annual electricity consumption of around 7500 four-person households.

"We are very pleased that we can support OPTERRA with this needs-based green power PPA in reducing CO 2 emissions and achieving the sustainability goals," says Patrick Koch, Head of Origination for Statkraft in Germany. “At the same time, with this PPA, we are preventing renewable systems from being taken off the grid. That contributes to the goals of the energy transition. "

“The Power Purchase Agreement to supply the three cement locations with green electricity is an important step towards the future of our plants for OPTERRA. With the electricity that we will receive from Statkraft from 2022, the conversion of our plant operation to renewable energies will begin. The agreement gives the sustainability initiative launched this year the necessary tailwind for the implementation of further measures,” says Danilo Buscaglia, CEO of OPTERRA.

With the contract concluded here, Statkraft and OPTERRA show how the green electricity PPAs, which are relatively new in Germany , can support the industry in its efforts to create sustainable products and CO2 -neutral value chains.

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