Australia: Zero Emissions Incitec Pivot, Fortescue Future to Conduct Study for Green Ammonia Production

Editor: Ahlam Rais

Incitec Pivot and Fortescue Future Industries have collaborated to undertake a feasibility study for producing green hydrogen on an industrial-scale at the company’s existing Gibson Island fertilizer manufacturing facility in Australia. The new project aims to produce around 50,000 tons of renewable hydrogen annually which will then be converted into green ammonia for Australian and export markets.

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The partnership is considered one of Australia’s best near-term opportunities to produce green ammonia at an industrial scale.
The partnership is considered one of Australia’s best near-term opportunities to produce green ammonia at an industrial scale.
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Victoria/Australia – The study will assess whether industrial scale manufacturing of green ammonia at Gibson Island is technically and commercially feasible on an existing brownfield site. It will investigate building a new water electrolysis facility on the site to produce around 50,000 tons of renewable hydrogen per year, which would then be converted into green ammonia for Australian and export markets.

Incitec Pivot Managing Director & CEO Jeanne Johns said the study was a crucial step in contributing to Australia and Queensland’s potential as a green ammonia powerhouse.

“We’re excited to partner with FFI who are committed to producing zero-emission hydrogen from 100 per cent renewable sources.

“The combination of FFI’s drive to develop a globally competitive green hydrogen industry, and our leadership and technical skills in ammonia production, will play an important role in developing Australia’s capability in this growing international market,” Johns said.

This feasibility study aligns with our vision to incorporate leading technology, our world class manufacturing expertise and green ammonia to produce sustainable products with a lower emissions footprint for domestic and international customers.

Incitec Pivot Managing Director & CEO Jeanne Johns

The partnership is considered one of Australia’s best near-term opportunities to produce green ammonia at an industrial scale.

“By investigating the re-purposing of Gibson Island, we can make use of the existing manufacturing plant infrastructure, our established production capabilities and our highly skilled workforce.

“If feasible, this project would sustain highly skilled manufacturing jobs at Gibson Island and allow us to leverage our existing capabilities and assets to create a thriving renewable hydrogen ecosystem in Queensland,” Johns said.

“This feasibility study aligns with our vision to incorporate leading technology, our world class manufacturing expertise and green ammonia to produce sustainable products with a lower emissions footprint for domestic and international customers.”

The feasibility study also aligns with the strategies of both the Queensland and Federal Governments to develop a clean, innovative, and competitive hydrogen industry delivering reliable domestic supply and new export opportunities.

Preliminary results from the feasibility study are expected to be available at the end of the year.

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