Three key first-movers at Ammonia Energy – NEOM, Yara and Fertiberia – have all made significant steps towards green ammonia production in recent times.
NEOM: starting construction this month?
This week NEOM launched a new subsidiary – ENOWA – who will lead development of energy and water systems at the site. Where green hydrogen is concerned, ENOWA will act as the major shareholder in Air Products and ACWA Power’s green hydrogen plant, which will feed onsite green ammonia production.
In press interviews, ENOWA CEO Peter Terium (formerly head of RWE in Germany) said that the site for the green hydrogen plant had been successfully leveled, with construction to possibly begin this month. At full size 120 thyssenkrupp electrolyser units (each 40m long) will be installed, powered by 4 GW of new build wind and solar generation.
Yara: breaking ground at Herøya
This month, ground was officially broken on a 24 MW electrolysis demonstration plant at Yara’s Herøya ammonia facility. Norwegian Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre participated in the ceremony.
Late last year Yara secured nearly $30 million in government funding, which then led to a successful FID for the demonstration plant. From mid-2023, Herøya will deliver green ammonia and fertiliser to markets.
Fertiberia: green hydrogen storage tanks arrive at Puertollano
In September 2021 we reported that new piping infrastructure was being installed to connect to-be-built electrolysers with Fertiberia’s existing ammonia production plant in Puertollano, Spain. In mid-December, project partner Iberdrola announced that five of the eleven hydrogen storage tanks had arrived at the site, ready for installation. Each tank will hold 2,700kg of green hydrogen at 60 bar.