Japan receives first shipment of low-emission ammonia from Saudi Arabia for co-burning with fossil fuels

Riyadh – Mubasher: The State of Japan received the first shipment of low-emission ammonia from Saudi Arabia, today, Friday, with plans to use it in co-burning alongside fossil fuels. to reduce carbon emissions.

It is noteworthy that Japan, which lacks energy resources, wants to add hydrogen and ammonia to its energy mix, as it agreed with a number of countries to study hydrogen supply chains, a step criticized by climate activists, describing it as costly and not completely effective. According to Reuters.

The four companies said in the joint statement: The ammonia, which was shipped to Fuji Oil Company, today, Friday, was produced by SABIC Agro-Nutrients Company using raw materials (feed) produced by Aramco, and Mitsui OSK Lines delivered the shipment..

The statement did not disclose the quantity or value of the shipment, but said that the ammonia, which is considered low-emission because the amount of carbon dioxide emitted during its production was previously captured and used in refining and processing applications, and was transferred to the Sodigora refinery of the Fuji Oil Company for use in co-combustion to generate electricity..

Japan aims to increase its demand for fuel from ammonia to 3 million tons per year by 2030, from almost zero at present..

Jera, Japan’s largest power generation company, has been using ammonia along with co-burning coal in a pilot project at its power plant in central Japan since 2021..

It is noteworthy that in 2020 AD, Saudi Aramco, in cooperation with SABIC, sent the first shipment of low-emission ammonia to Japan in a pilot project, and in 2022 AD, Saudi Aramco and SABIC obtained the first accreditation in the world from a neutral authority for low-emission hydrogen and ammonia products.

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At the end of that year, the two companies had delivered the world’s first shipment of certified low-emissions ammonia to South Korea..

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