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Monday, September 6, 2021 

A number of Norwegian partners, headed by Azane Fuel Solutions, have received public funding for what is said to be the world’s first green ammonia bunkering terminal for ships.

Azane has confirmed that its Ammonia Fuel Bunkering Network project, to build a green ammonia bunkering terminal, will be funded NOK 89m (€8.6m) through the Norwegian Green Platform Initiative. The project partners, which include Yara, Sintef, Viridis, EConnect Energy, Amon Maritime and Arena Ocean Hyway Cluster, span the entire value chain for ammonia as a marine fuel. The project aims to develop and demonstrate an ammonia fuel bunkering network for ships, enabling cost efficient and safe distribution, storage, transfer and utilisation of 'green' ammonia as a carbon free fuel, and kick-starting a large-scale shift to carbon free fuel for ships.

The Norwegian government established the Green platform Initiative programme for innovative projects such as this.

"Ammonia is important for the green transition, especially for the shipping industry. We will decrease emissions, not development," said Sveinung Rotevatn, Norwegian Minister of Climate and the Environment.

Minister of Trade and Industry Iselin Nybø said: "Congratulations to Azane Fuel Solutions on such a large allocation from the Green Platform. The government's wish has been that we use the crisis to speed up the green shift as well. This project can give us the world's first bunkering terminal for green ammonia fuel for ships. This is a green change in practice and the business community is leading the way."

Azane Fuel Solutions will develop, build and operate the first bunkering terminal in a Norwegian port, under real conditions.

"This first green ammonia terminal will be an important enabler for international adoption of ammonia fuel," said Miriam T Wennberg, CFO EConnect Energy.

"We are removing the famous chicken-and-egg dilemma for new fuels. Ammonia already has a global bulk terminal network. Now we will start building the bunkering network," said André Risholm, CEO Amon Maritime and Chairman of Azane Fuel Solutions.

"This grant is an important milestone for the project", said Magnus Krogh Ankarstrand, President Yara Clean Ammonia. "Developing bunkering solutions is a key piece of the puzzle to make ammonia available as a zero-emission fuel. Yara is excited to be a part of the project and leverage our global ammonia production and shipping experience."

The new solutions will be capable of receiving fuel from ships, trucks and barges, in refrigerated or pressurised state and be optimised for ammonia-fuelled ships. The solutions include both shore-based solution and floating solution. Azane Fuel Solutions will offer its products and services globally and sees the Northern European market as a likely early adopter of ammonia fuel for the maritime industry. There will be a substantial market potential on a global scale as the larger international deep-sea shipping market adopts the new fuel.

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