First Ammonia and the Port of Victoria have announced a partnership to produce renewable ammonia at the Port on Texas’ Gulf Coast. The ammonia produced will be stored in tanks at the Port for eventual shipping to customers globally. The facility will be powered by both wind and solar.
Initial news relating to this partnership surfaced in December last year, when the Port announced First Ammonia’s interest to lease 115 acres of land at the Port’s Texas Logistics Centre. First Ammonia planned to inject $250 million towards infrastructure at the port (potentially leading to a $1 billion build out), with the ammonia plant expected to be fully operational in 2025. Specific project details may have evolved in the intervening period.
First Ammonia already has a reservation of 500 MW of solid oxide electrolysers, expandable to 5GW, from Topsoe’s manufacturing plant in Herning, Denmark. It is likely that some of this capacity will be allocated to the Port of Victoria project.
First Ammonia is committed to green energy production, and the Port’s water access and central location between Houston and Corpus Christi provide an economical way to ship our green ammonia. This, combined with Victoria’s business-friendly mindset and community commitment, make for a mutually beneficial partnership to bring both green jobs and green energy to the region.Joel Moser, First Ammonia CEO, in the Port of Victoria’s official press release, 16 December 2022
This could be the beginning of a very promising partnership for the Port, and we look forward to working closely with First Ammonia to hopefully see the development of this site and the jobs it will bring to our area. First Ammonia’s interest in the Port is a prime example of how having a community commitment to growth from our local leaders continues to attract new jobs and industries, as well as emerging technology to our region.Sean Stibich, executive director at the Port of Victoria, in his organisation’s official press release, 16 December 2022