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AMMONIA FUEL COMMERCIALISATION PROJECT BEGINS IN JAPAN

Wednesday, August 12, 2020 

NYK Line, Japan Marine United Corporation, and Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (ClassNK) have now signed their joint R&D agreement for the commercialisation of an ammonia-fuelled ammonia gas carrier (AFAGC) that would use ammonia as the main fuel, in addition to an ammonia floating storage and regasification barge (A-FSRB).

Since carbon dioxide (CO2) is not emitted when ammonia is burned, it is viewed to have promise as a next-generation fuel that could mitigate shipping’s impact on global warming. In addition, it is said that zero emissions can be realised by using CO2-free hydrogen as a raw material for ammonia.

Parties in Japan have succeeded in generating electricity through the use of a gas turbine with 100% ammonia. In addition, innovative next-generation thermal-power-generation technologies that contribute to the reduction of CO2 emissions are being developed. The reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions is a significant issue in the marine transportation sector, with the IMO goal of halving GHG emissions from the international maritime sector by 2050 and reaching a target of zero by the end of this century.

Ammonia is expected to be used as an alternative fuel for vessels. As demand for ammonia fuel is foreseen to expand, the need for a transportation infrastructure for stable supply is expected to increase. Thus, the companies have decided to start this joint R&D of AFAGC and A-FSRB.

Large-scale marine transportation of ammonia is currently carried out by multi-purpose LPG (liquefied petroleum gas) vessels. This wil develop a liquefied ammonia gas carrier. It is expected that the use of ammonia, which is the cargo, as a marine fuel will contribute to the early realisation of zero emissions for oceangoing vessels.

The project includes development of a barge that is equipped with a floating storage and regasification facility exclusively for ammonia for the first time. This is expected to contribute to the early introduction of ammonia fuel by utilising the barge as an alternative to land facilities (storage tanks, regasification facilities, etc.) for the stable supply of ammonia fuel.

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