Low-carbon ammonia in Baytown, Texas

Exxon Mobil is planning a CCS hydrogen & ammonia production facility at its existing complex in Baytown, Texas, with operations to begin in 2027-8. This week, Korea-based SK Inc. Materials announced they would act as off taker for the CCS ammonia, which will be imported to Korea for use in coal co-combustion.


More ammonia energy giants head for the Gulf Coast

RWE, LOTTE, Mitsubishi will join forces to jointly develop a large-scale clean ammonia production & export project in the Port of Corpus Christi, Texas. At full size, the facility will produce 10 million tonnes per year of “green” and “blue” ammonia combined, to be exported to Europe and Asia. Also on the Gulf Coast, Linde will build, own and operate a CCS hydrogen & nitrogen production plant to supply gas feedstock to OCI’s world-scale ammonia facility in Beaumont, Texas.


Small-scale CCS ammonia in Japan

INPEX has selected Tsubame BHB and Air Liquide as technology providers for the demonstration project, which will utilise autothermal reforming technology and CCS in depleted gas fields to produce around 500 tonnes of ammonia per year. JOGMEC and NEDO are also supporting the project, with the goal of gaining operational experience with CCS in Japan.


More mega-scale production in Texas

This week we explore three mega-scale production projects planned for Texas. On the Gulf Coast, Avina Clean Hydrogen is developing a 100% renewable-powered ammonia plant. In northern Texas, Air Products and AES are planning a 1.4 GW wind & solar-powered hydrogen production facility targeting the heavy trucking market, and in Beaumont OCI has just broken ground on its new million-tonne-per-year CCS ammonia plant.


Ascension Clean Energy, Louisiana

Clean Hydrogen Works, Denbury and Hafnia will jointly develop a world-scale ammonia production project near Donaldsonville, Louisiana. The Ascension Clean Energy (ACE) project will total $7.5 billion in investment and produce 7.1 million tonnes of CCS ammonia per year.


Aurubis to test using ammonia fuel for copper wire production in Germany

A shipment of thirteen tonnes of CCS-based ammonia has arrived in Hamburg from ADNOC’s al Ruwais ammonia plant near Abu Dhabi. This “demonstration cargo” has been in the works since March this year, when ADNOC signed an agreement with a raft of German organisations, including metals manufacturing giant Aurubis. The ammonia will be trialed as fuel to power copper rod production at Aurubis’ Hamburg smelter.


New CCS partnerships in the USA

This week we explore three new partnerships for CCS-based ammonia production in the USA:

  • CF Industries, ExxonMobil & EnLink Midstream, for decarbonisation of the Donaldsonville production plant in Louisiana.
  • Air Liquide, Chevron, LyondellBasell, and Uniper for a new production facility on the Gulf Coast.
  • And Tallgrass & Equinor for the potential production of hydrogen and ammonia across the USA, leveraging Tallgrass’ existing infrastructure network.


Natural gas based, ultra-low carbon ammonia without fluegas scrubbing

Reducing the carbon footprint of ammonia is urgent more than ever, and requires new technology innovations to achieve this goal, while keeping these plants competitive and viable. In this session, we will review latest proposed technologies from thyssenkrupp Uhde to achieve ultra-low carbon emissions by implementing a new process flowsheet that replaces the common primary reforming approach and eliminates the need of a fluegas scrubbing system. We will also review the advantages of the new proposed technologies in terms of capex and management of risk associated with new technology implementation.