JERA and Uniper today (5th Sep) unveiled plans for the site that will convert produced hydrogen into clean ammonia, before exporting it under long-term sale and purchase agreements.
gasworld understands the clean energy carrier will be supplied to both JERA and Uniper and will be primarily used for the European market.
Whilst eight million tonnes per annum is the ultimate production goal, the duo has said the facility will have an initial production capacity of two million tonnes per annum.
A project engineering study is currently underway and is expected to be complete by the end of the year, by which point both green and blue hydrogen opportunities would have been explored.
Steven Winn, CEO of JERA Americas, said, “JERA is committed to providing cutting edge solutions to the world’s energy issues and is actively working to establish both the ammonia and hydrogen value chains.”
“The combination of a skilled workforce, plentiful natural gas, abundant renewable resources, deep-water ports and ideal CCS geology make the US Gulf Coast uniquely advanced to produce the low carbon fuel to enable the Atlantic and Pacific energy market transition.”
“JERA and ConocoPhillips will be a low-cost ammonia supplier to domestic and international markets. We believe this project offers a unique opportunity to supply German’s decarbonisation efforts while advancing ammonia technology development for hydrogen distribution and industrial decarbonisation.”
In addition to the above ammonia-focused efforts, Uniper has also said it will supply LNG across the globe to help optimise its portfolio and support the clean energy shift.
Niek Den Hollander, Chief Commercial Officer at Uniper, said, “We are very excited to partner with JERA on this landmark and timely initiative. Our collective goal is to jointly develop and deliver material LNG supply in the very near term and US sourced green and blue hydrogen to Europe to support our longer-term values and goals.”
“Uniper’s key role in meeting the urgent need for alternative gas and clean fuel supply is complemented by JERA and Uniper’s combine global clean energy expertise and technical development capabilities, allowing collaboration between two of the world’s leading energy security and transition companies to accelerate the meeting of Europe’s needs and goals.”