Australia| New agreement to investigate the production and export of green ammonia

May 20, 2021

Woodside Energy, IHI Corporation and Marubeni Corporation have signed a Heads of Agreement to investigate the production and export of green ammonia produced from renewable hydro power in the Australian state of Tasmania.

Initially, green ammonia would be produced at a small-scale hydrogen electrolysis plant. Woodside is exploring options for production in the Bell Bay region in northeast Tasmania. The capacity of the proposed plant could eventually be scaled up to as much as 250 MW to produce green hydrogen as feedstock for green ammonia exports.

The initial phase of the partners’ studies will focus on deepening their understanding of Japanese and Asian ammonia markets, with technical and commercial evaluations underway.

Parties and Roles

Woodside Energy (Australia) will be responsible for the following under the study:

  • Evaluation of green ammonia production with hydroelectricity
  • Assessment of required Australian and Tasmanian approvals and permits.

IHI Corporation (Japan) will be responsible for the following under the study:

  • Evaluation of green ammonia production, storage, and loading facilities in Australia
  • Evaluation of ammonia storage and unloading facilities in Japan.

Marubeni Corporation (Japan) will be responsible for the following under the study:

  • Evaluation of shipping, logistics and transportation costs of green ammonia
  • Green ammonia market studies in Japan and other countries in Asia.

Source: IHI Corporation