Hydrogen will be utilised within a new Yara green ammonia production facility aiming to produce a zero-carbon solution for fertilisers in Herøya, Norway.
Revealed today (Dec 17), the company has now started the primary development of this project with an investment of NOK 283.25m ($31.48m) that will enable the production of hydrogen through renewable generation.
The result of this will be green hydrogen which can then be converted to produce an ammonia product with no carbon footprint whereas currently, the hydrogen is produced through fossil fuels.
With this development, the plant will produce enough hydrogen to generate 20,500 tonnes of ammonia per year. This converts into between 60,000 and 80,000 tonnes of green fossil free mineral fertiliser.
Svein Tore Holsether, CEO of Yara, said, “Norway has the unique opportunity to take a leading position in the green transition, but the window of opportunity is limited. That is why this decision is so important and will be able to help accelerate a new, Norwegian industrial adventure.
“Green ammonia is a versatile, climate friendly input factor and hydrogen energy carrier. Emission free ammonia is the key to reducing emissions from world food production and long-distance shipping.”
Magnus Ankarstrand, Director of Yara Clean Ammonia, said, “The project aims to supply the first green ammonia products to the market as early as mid-2023, both as fossil free fertiliser, as well as fuel for ships.
“We move from good intentions to actions, the investment decision has been made and the project begins now.”
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