JERA Co., Inc. has concluded a Memorandum of Understanding (“MOU”) with Yara International ASA (“Yara”), a world leader in the production of nitrogen fertilizer, related to cooperation in the ammonia value chain business, including development of a blue ammonia production plant.
Ammonia is primarily used as agricultural fertilizer. Because ammonia does not emit CO2 when burned, against the backdrop of the global transition to a decarbonized society, it is also a promising clean fuel candidate for use in power generation. In addition, blue ammonia produced using CO2 offset technology and green ammonia produced using renewable energy are needed to reduce carbon emissions through the entire ammonia life cycle.
Under the concluded MOU, JERA and Yara have agreed to pursue potential collaboration in the following areas:
- Improvements to the Yara Pilbara Fertilizer plant in Australia to enable the production of blue ammonia
- Joint development of new blue and green ammonia production projects
Optimization of ammonia shipping
- Supply and development of new demand for ammonia in Japan including in power generation
Yara is one of the world’s largest producers of ammonia, a global leader in ammonia sales and shipping, and actively working to decarbonize the ammonia production process.
JERA expects its collaboration with Yara to contribute to the stable supply of ammonia for power generation and to promote understanding of the supply chain.
JERA Corporate Vice President Yukio Kani said, “We are pleased to conclude this MOU with Yara, a leading global ammonia producer, which shares our aspiration to develop a clean ammonia value chain. We believe that this cross-sector collaboration will not only expand business opportunities for both companies but also accelerate the transition to a decarbonized society.”
Yara President and CEO Svein Tore Holsether said, “This ground-breaking collaboration aims to decarbonize JERA’s power production and provide Yara with a footprint in the strategically important Japanese market. Building blue and green ammonia value chains is critical to enabling the hydrogen economy, and collaborating with a key player like JERA marks a milestone in leveraging Yara’s global capabilities.”
In order to achieve its “JERA Zero CO2 Emissions 2050” objective, JERA will continue to work not only with energy industry counterparts but also with other leading companies in different industries in Japan and overseas to establish and expand green fuel supply chains.