German utility RWE plans to provide chemicals giant BASF with power from a future 2GW offshore wind farm to decarbonise its production and also enable a CO2-free production of hydrogen there.

The aim is to electrify the production processes for basic chemicals at the giant Ludwigshafen chemical site from 2030 on, which are currently based on fossil fuels. This will involve utilizing CO2-free technologies such as electrically heated steam cracker furnaces to produce petrochemicals, the companies said.

BASF said its Ludwigshafen site covers an area of ten square kilometres and is the world’s largest chemicals site only owned by a single company.