IHI announces today that Australian subsidiary IHI Engineering Australia Pty. Ltd. will be a joint development partner in “HyNQ - North Queensland Clean Energy Project” in Australia, which will produce and export green ammonia derived from renewable energy.
The existing joint venture development team members are Energy Estate Pty Ltd, an Australian renewable energy developer, CS Energy, a Queensland government-owned and based power company, and Idemitsu Renewable Development Australia Pty Ltd, a unit of Idemitsu Australia Ltd, which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Idemitsu Kosan Co., Ltd. The project would tap abundant solar and wind power to produce and export 500,000 metric tons per year of green ammonia at the Abbot Point port in North Queensland. The project would move to the Front-End Engineering Design phase by the first quarter of 2024. The final investment decision for the project would be in 2025.
Most commercial ammonia derives from fossil fuels that emit carbon dioxide during production. Switching to ammonia made with renewable energy would slash emissions across the entire ammonia supply chain. Technologies to produce, store and transport ammonia are already available for rapid commercialization.
The Japanese government’s commitment to carbon neutrality by 2050 triggered public and private sector efforts to create ammonia and other low-carbon energy carrier chains. IHI is working to create a financially feasible ammonia production system, swiftly build infrastructure facilities to support distribution growth, and develop utilization technologies to cater to massive demand. IHI aims to establish a stable ammonia value chain through this project.
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