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MOL and Origin Energy look into green ammonia supply chain

Japanese shipping heavyweight Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) and Australian energy company Origin Energy have teamed up to study the prospects of green ammonia supply chain.

MOL and Origin Energy look into green ammonia supply chain
Illustration only; Courtesy of MOL

MOL and Origin Energy will explore how Australian green ammonia projects could supply key downstream markets.

The joint study feasibility will look into marine transportation of ammonia and demand in Japan and Asia. It should wrap up by the end of 2021, looking into the key markets from 2026.

Similarly, Origin is already progressing with another study that costs $2.3 million. This study looks into building a green hydrogen and ammonia plant for exports at Bell Bay in Tasmania.

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Ammonia produces no C02 and is used as a carrier for transporting hydrogen. Thus, it can help the 2050 carbon-neutrality targets. In addition, green ammoniam can make a major contribution to reducing CO2 in the supply chain.

Tracey Boyes, Origin’s general manager of future fuels, said: “Transport is one of the biggest opportunities globally to achieve emissions abatement through the use of green and renewable fuels such as hydrogen and ammonia.”

He added: “Australia is in the box seat to develop a world-leading hydrogen sector, exporting low emissions energy all over the world to meet the demand for clean energy from our major trading partners.”