Norway, today (17th December), has announced to support three large hydrogen projects with Nok 1 billion (US$ 0.11 billion) funding.
The project which would receive the funding is Yara Norge AS (~NOK 283 million), Tizir Titanium & Iron AS (~NOK 261 million) and Horisont Energi AS (~NOK 482 million).
The Norwegian government wants to succeed in seizing the opportunities that lie in the green shift. Tizir and Horizon Energy projects are also nominated as Norwegian contributions to Ipcei Hydrogen. It is a pan-European strategic initiative to build unified European value chains for hydrogen.
Yara will carry out a demonstration project to produce ammonia and fertilisers based on renewable energy and hydrogen produced by water electrolysis instead of natural gas. The project will be carried out at Yara’s facility on Herøya outside Porsgrunn. This will be an important step for Yara towards producing fertiliser without emissions in the future. The project aims to supply the first green ammonia products to the market as early as mid-2023, both as fossil-free fertiliser and fuel for ships.
Tizir will carry out a development and demonstration project that will lead to the use of hydrogen instead of coal to reduce ilmenite at the smelter in Tyssedal. Through the project, new technology will be developed, which will enable Tizir to build a full-scale plant in the future, replacing 85% of coal consumption with hydrogen.
Horizon Energy will establish ammonia production from natural gas with carbon capture near Hammerfest in Finnmark through the Barents Blue project. The project will use new and energy-efficient technology and be implemented by a joint venture to be established together with Equinor and Vår Energi. The plant will produce 1 million tonnes/year of ammonia, where CO2 is to be transported to a future Polaris carbon storage for permanent disposal.