Pensana and Yorkshire Energy Park announce the world’s first rare earth processing hub would be powered by offshore wind.
Pensana will use the low-cost and resilient supply of low-carbon electricity to power their Saltend separation facility and then later to power the conversion of NdPr (Neodymium-Praseodymium) Oxide into magnet metal, making it the first in the world to use offshore wind to produce ultra-low carbon magnet metal.
The Yorkshire Energy Park will include up to 200 MW of battery storage and is located adjacent to Pensana’s site within the Saltend Chemicals Park. The £200m next-generation energy facility will connect 7 GW of offshore wind to industrial consumers via large-scale batteries. The closest wind farm is the RWE-operated Humber Gateway located 32 kilometres from Saltend.
Pensana Chairman Paul Atherley commented:
“Through the private wire connection to Yorkshire Energy Park, our aim is to become the world’s lowest carbon magnet metal producer, with Pensana becoming the first company globally to use offshore wind to produce ultra-low carbon magnet metal.
“… producing an ultra-low carbon magnet metal, further enhances Saltend in its rapidly growing importance in the European and US magnet metal supply chains.”
Chris Turner Chairman of Yorkshire Energy Park (YEP) commented:
“YEP are delighted to be working with Pensana on the world’s first rare earth processing hub to be powered by offshore wind. The future for energy in the Humber estuary is very exciting and YEP is at the forefront of the drive to zero-carbon.”