Japan quartet sign MOU to explore hydrogen and ammonia supply chain in Osaka

Mitsui & Co, Mitsui Chemicals, IHI Corporation and The Kansai Electric Power Co have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to study establishing a hydrogen and ammonia supply chain in the Osaka coastal industrial zone.

Based on the MOU, the four companies will study the development of bases for receiving, storing, and supplying ammonia in the zone, and conduct surveys to expand the use of ammonia in the Kansai and Setouchi regions.

Discussions have already begun with Kobe Steel, which is a potential candidate that could benefit from the use of ammonia as it has announced a commitment to achieving carbon neutrality in the electric power business.

Given that the technologies for production, transportation, and storage of ammonia for fertiliser and industrial applications have already been established, ammonia is expected to be utilised across a wide range of fields, including as a fuel for power generation, and for heat generation in the industrial sector.

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