Aker Clean Hydrogen with its partner is to decarbonize arctic shipping

24 June 2021

Aker Clean Hydrogen with its partner is to decarbonize arctic shipping and off-grid power plants thanks to hydrogen and ammonia. The project will contribute to the development of a full value chain hydrogen industry in Norway.

Aker Clean Hydrogen and Varanger Kraft’s project, to build a green hydrogen and ammonia plant in Berlevåg, in Northern Norway is accelerating towards its objective to decarbonize arctic shipping and off-grid power plants.

The green ammonia will be produced from water and renewable power from the Raggovidda wind park and replace traditional fossil fuels for ships, rigs and offgrid power stations, removing about 200,000 tons CO2 per year.

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The project has now successfully passed the feasibility study and concept phase. The project design is based on a 100 MW hydrogen plant, but pre-facilitation of a potential future expansion to 200 MW, is being considered. The plan is to start producing green ammonia by the end of 2024.

“Our findings confirm that the Green Ammonia Berlevåg project is well placed to realize green ammonia production at scale, to decarbonize arctic shipping and off grid power plants. The project continues to move forward towards becoming one of the first production plants of green ammonia,” says Knut Nyborg, Chief Executive Officer of Aker Clean Hydrogen.

The planned plant will be located in the north of the Arctic Circle in Berlevåg municipality, with renewable power supply from Varanger Kraft’s wind farm on Raggovidda closeby. Norwegian authorities recently extended the licence deadline for Varanger Kraft to expand the wind power production capacity on Raggovidda wind farm until 2026.

“This is great news for us and our partners. The extended license deadline gives Varanger Kraft the opportunity to expand the capacity of Raggovidda to 200 MW with an additional 103 MW of wind power which in turn will result in higher supply of renewable power to the planned production plant in Berlevåg,” said Christian Bue, CEO of Green Ammonia Berlevåg AS, the recently formed joint venture between Aker Clean Hydrogen and Varanger Kraft.

A 2.5 MW hydrogen pilot facility is already in operation with power from the wind farm.

“We have just produced the first kilogramme of clean hydrogen in Berlevåg, and we already see promising synergies,” adds Bue, who is also the CEO of Varanger Kraft Hydrogen AS.

Rolf Laupstad, mayor of Berlevåg, sees great potential for positive local ripple effects from realizing the Green Ammonia Berlevåg project. “This project is crucial for us to reach our ambition of making Berlevåg an Arctic power centre of green development. We are committed to doing everything we can politically and administratively to help this project succeed,” says Laupstad.

Liv Monica Stubholt has been appointed Chairman of Green Ammonia Berlevåg AS. She has previously held several executive positions within Aker,  she is a former chairman of Varanger Kraft, and was also the State Secretary, in the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy.

Author: KS / Source: Aker Clean Hydrogen / Photo: Unsplash