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KBR gets to work on blue ammonia project in the US

US engineering company KBR has secured a technology contract for a low-carbon blue ammonia project in the United States being developed by the Dutch producer and distributor of hydrogen products OCI NV.

KBR was awarded the deal by an EPC contractor Tecnimont S.p.A. to supply the technology license, basic engineering design, proprietary equipment and catalyst for the 1.1 million ton per annum blue ammonia plant.

Targeting completion by 2025, the project will be designed to transition from blue to green ammonia production as green hydrogen becomes available a larger scale in the future.

“We are excited to continue to build on our strong relationship with OCI NV and Maire Tecnimont to deliver our market-leading and proven ammonia technology for this energy transition project”, said Doug Kelly, KBR’s president of Technology.

“This award is a further testament to KBR’s leadership in helping its clients implement effective decarbonisation technologies today on a path to achieving their future ESG objectives.”

Last month, KBR was contracted to conduct a study to develop a carbon-neutral, green ammonia-based power system for a semi-submersible drilling unit owned by Odfjell.

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The company also has a global licensing agreement with offshore engineering and construction services player McDermott to provide integrated solutions for its ammonia technologies.

McDermott and KBR seek to evaluate opportunities to provide modularized execution concepts to drive additional efficiencies tailored to the needs of green and blue ammonia projects.

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