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Ørsted and Yara production of green ammonia to contribute to North Sea Port energy transition

Published on Tue 6 Oct 2020
Two North Sea Port major players are joining forces to develop a new renewable energy project. Ørsted and Yara want to produce green ammonia based on renewable hydrogen. Their project will lead to an annual reduction in CO2 emissions of 100,000 tons.

The project is a partnership of two major North Sea Port customers. Ørsted is the largest offshore wind farm developer in the world. The Danish group chose Flushing as operating base for the construction and maintenance of offshore wind farms Borssele 1&2. Together they are the second largest offshore wind energy project in the world.

Yara is a leading producer of fertilizers and one of its largest plants is located in Sluiskil. In this plant the Norwegian group wants to produce environment-friendly fertilizer based on green ammonia. In the process, food production will be a little more sustainable.

From green to green

Green electricity from the wind farms off the coast of Zeeland, can be used to produce CO2-free hydrogen in the 100 MW electrolyser to be installed at Yara Sluiskil. This renewable hydrogen will substitute hydrogen from fossil sources for the annual production of some 75,000 tons of green ammonia.

If all procedures and applications proceed as desired, the final decision for the construction of the new plant will be made late 2021 or early 2022. From 2024 or 2025, Yara Sluiskil will then be using the green ammonia for part of its production. This will result in 100,000 tons of reduced CO2 emissions. It will be like taking 50,000 non-electric cars off the road in one fell swoop.

More sustainable energy production and anchoring

The breakthrough project is consistent with the sustainable production of energy within North Sea Port. As an energy port, North Sea Port has been investing considerable efforts in achieving sustainability for some time, with numerous initiatives on residual heat, environment-friendly fuels and hydrogen. These include Smart Delta Resources, an initiative of thirteen energy and resource-intensive companies in North Sea Port looking to reduce their use of energy and raw materials.

Moreover, the Ørsted and Yara plans strengthen the establishment of two important users of the port.

Ammonia, incidentally, does not only serve as a raw material for the production of fertilizer. It is increasingly regarded as the future climate-neutral marine fuel. Eventually, ammonia could generate an additional sales market and contribute to a greener shipping sector.