Japan: Clean Energy Adnoc-Fertiglobe Sell Blue Ammonia Cargo to Japanese Firm Inpex
With an aim to strengthen industrial cooperation between the UAE and Japan and support the development of new UAE-Japan blue ammonia supply chains, Adnoc-Fertiglobe has delivered its third shipment to Japan this year.
Abu Dhabi/UAE – The Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (Adnoc) has announced that, in partnership with Fertiglobe, it has sold a cargo of blue ammonia to Inpex in Japan, for use in power generation applications. The sale builds upon the recently announced joint efforts to enhance industrial cooperation between the UAE and Japan and support the development of new UAE-Japan blue ammonia supply chains and follows the recent sale of blue ammonia cargos to Japan’s Itochu and Idemtisu.
Fertiglobe, a 58:42 partnership between OCI and Adnoc, will produce blue ammonia at its Fertil plant in the Ruwais Industrial Complex in Abu Dhabi and deliver it to Adnoc’s customer, Inpex, in Japan. The shipment, which was sold at an attractive premium to grey ammonia (ammonia produced without CO2 capture and sequestration), underscores the favorable economics for blue ammonia as an emerging source of low-carbon energy.
For Japan, hydrogen and its carrier fuels, such as blue ammonia, are expected to play an important role in the country’s ongoing industrial decarbonization efforts.
The sale represents a further production milestone of a planne scale-up of blue ammonia production capabilities in Abu Dhabi, which is expected to include a low-cost debottlenecking program at Fertil. In addition, it was announced in June that Fertiglobe will join Adnoc and ADQ as a partner for developing a new world-scale 1 million metric tons per annum blue ammonia project at Ta’ziz in Ruwais, subject to regulatory approvals.
Ammonia can be used as a low-carbon fuel across a wide range of industrial applications, including transportation, power generation, refining and industries such as steel, wastewater treatment, cement and fertilizer production. For Japan, in particular, hydrogen and its carrier fuels, such as blue ammonia, are expected to play an important role in the country’s ongoing industrial decarbonization efforts.