Keppel Infrastructure and Exxon Mobil APAC have signed an MoU to develop CCS-based hydrogen and ammonia for the Singaporean market. Keppel also aims to use low-carbon hydrogen for the Keppel Sakra Cogen Plant, a 600 MW CCGT power plant which will operate with at least 30% hydrogen, with capability of shifting to become entirely hydrogen powered. Currently under construction, the plant will be located on Jurong Island and is expected to be commissioned in early 2026.
Simultaneously, and also on Jurong Island, Keppel is conducting a feasibility study of developing an ammonia powered plant. If built, this would shore up Keppel’s position as Singapore’s leading independent power producer and retailer.
At its integrated complex in Baytown, Texas, Exxon Mobil is advancing its low carbon hydrogen facility with an expected daily capacity of two million tonnes of hydrogen, scheduled to become operational in 2027-28. According to the company, more than 98% (~7 million metric tons) of associated CO2 will be captured and permanently sequestered.
The new partnership aligns with the Singapore government’s National Hydrogen Strategy launched in October 2022, which expects hydrogen to account for 50% of Singapore’s power by 2050. As part of the strategy, the Energy Market Authority and the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore launched an EOI for proposals to develop low- or zero-carbon power generation and bunkering facilities on Jurong Island late last year. Proposals for new projects – at least 50 MW of power generation or at least 100,000 tonnes of ammonia bunkering operating by 2027 – recently closed, and the selected projects are set to be announced later this year.
As a forerunner in the energy space, Keppel is pleased to work with Exxon Mobil to accelerate the end-to-end development and deployment of ammonia to support industries and Singapore’s sustainability goals.Cindy Lim, CEO of Keppel Infrastructure in Keppel Corporation’s official press release, 20 April 2023
Exxon Mobil is pleased to work with Keppel to evaluate low-carbon solutions as part of our goal to reduce our emissions and help others reduce theirs. This is an example of how we can provide critical, scalable solutions to reduce CO2 emissions in support of our company’s and Singapore’s net-zero ambitions.Irtiza Sayyed , Exxon Mobil’s APAC President for Low Carbon Solutions in Keppel’s official press release, 20 April 2023