28/07/2022 - 15:56

Pilbara Ports floats ammonia plan

28/07/2022 - 15:56

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Ammonia's potential as a fuel for ships docking in Western Australia will be assessed by Yara and the Pilbara Ports Authority.

Pilbara Ports floats ammonia plan
Yara's ammonia plant in the Pilbara.

Ammonia's potential as a fuel for ships docking in Western Australia will be assessed by Yara and the Pilbara Ports Authority.

Yara operates a fertiliser factory and a technical ammonia nitrate plant in the Pilbara.

The Norwegian company is also looking to build a small-scale green hydrogen operation, for conversion to ammonia.

Liquefied ammonia is seen as a logical way to ship or transport green hydrogen to overseas markets, and it could be used as a fuel source in shipping.

That comes amid long term moves in the shipping industry to move away from heavily polluting fuels, with LNG as one option and ammonia as another.

The two parties have agreed to assess ammonia demand, infrastructure to load the fuel onto vessels (known as bunkering), and safety analysis.

Pilbara Ports Authority chief executive Roger Johnston said the government-backed business aimed to be a front runner in developing ammonia bunkering systems.

Yara Clean Ammonia commercial head Murali Srinivasan said the collaboration hoped to fast track use of ammonia as a zero carbon fuel.

“The potential of ammonia as a fuel to effectively decarbonise the maritime industry is very clear; however some questions remain on how to maximise safe and efficient fuel delivery in a port environment,” he said.

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