Ammonia bunkering in far-north Australia
Yara Clean Ammonia and the Pilbara Ports Authority (PPA) have joined forces to explore the potential for ammonia bunkering in northern Australia. The twelve month collaboration will assess what new infrastructure is required & the future demand for ammonia maritime fuel in the region, based on supply from Yara’s existing, world-scale ammonia production facility near Karratha.
Pilbara Ports Authority encompasses two of the world’s largest bulk export ports (Dampier and Port Hedland), from which 39% of the world’s seaborne iron ore exports originate. Iron ore makes up more than 90% of export cargo from PPA ports, and in 2020-21 the Authority reported a throughput of more than 700 million tonnes. The opportunity for ammonia maritime fuel in the region is huge, and together the two organisations are eager to work through the safety & operational challenges.
The potential of ammonia as a fuel to effectively decarbonise the maritime industry is very clear; however some questions remain on how to maximise safe and efficient fuel delivery in a port environment. This Collaboration with PPA intends to address these questions and consequently will help fast-track ammonia as a zero-carbon fuel in the region.Yara Clean Ammonia SVP and Commercial Head Murali Srinivasan in his organisation’s official press release, 28 July 2022
Learn more at next week’s Australia conference
Two Yara speakers will take us through updates from the Pilbara and beyond at next week’s Australia conference. Leigh Holder (Business Development Director, Yara Clean Ammonia Australia) will take us through current status of Project YURI, future plans for renewable and low-carbon ammonia production at the Pilbara production site, and of course more on the new agreement with the Pilbara Ports Authority. Leigh joins our discussion panel Domestic opportunities for renewable ammonia in Australia on Wednesday 24 August at 2PM.
On Thursday 25 August at 4PM, we’re joined by from Oslo by Vibeke Rasmussen (SVP, Yara Clean Ammonia). She joins our Establishing green maritime corridors from Australia panel session to explore the certification work Yara is undertaking globally, and how this will underpin & help unlock an ocean-borne, clean ammonia trading market from Australia to the world. There’s still plenty of time to register for next week’s proceedings, and we look forward to seeing you in Melbourne (or online) for a great event.