Australian oil and gas producer Woodside has teamed up with Japanese companies IHI and Marubeni to explore production and export of “green ammonia” to Japan.
The ammonia will be produced from hydropower in the Australian state of Tasmania. “Green ammonia, produced from green hydrogen, is a zero-emission fuel, which can be used to decarbonise coal-fired power production, among other applications,” Woodside said in a statement.
Woodside said it 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.
Japan is stepping up its efforts to capture opportunities for green hydrogen and ammonia in order to deliver its target of net zero carbon emissions by 2050.
Australia, along with countries in northern Asia, such as Japan and South Korea, are actively trying to develop hydrogen economies. Australia has set a goal to be among the top three exporters of hydrogen to Asia by 2030.