PERTH (miningweekly.com) – A second phase feasibility study into an ammonia supply chain from Australia to Japan will be undertaken jointly by Australian energy major Woodside, Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation (Jogmec), Marubeni Corporation, Hokuriku Electric Power Co, The Kansai Electric Power Co, Tohoku Electric Power Co, and Hokkaido Electric Power Co.
Woodside, Jogmec, Marubeni, Hokuriku Electric, and Kansai Electric last year conducted a feasibility study on the entire supply chain, including the production of lower-emissions ammonia in Australia from natural gas with CO2 abatement methods such as carbon capture and storage (CCS), carbon capture and utilisation (CCU), and bio-sequestration; marine transportation to Japan; ammonia’s use as a fuel for power generation and marine use; and financing.
In last year’s study, the parties sought to address the feasibility of establishing a supply chain in relation to economics and CO2 emission reduction.
In a joint statement on Thursday the companies said that as part of Phase 2 of the project, seven parties, including Tohoku Electric and Hokkaido Electric as new participants, will conduct a further detailed feasibility study to inform the viability of establishing a lower-emissions fuel ammonia supply chain based on the results of the feasibility study conducted last year.
All parties participating in this project will continue the research already conducted in order to establish a lower-emissions fuel ammonia supply chain between Australia and Japan through collaboration, in an effort to assist the decarbonization of Australia and Japan.