JERA & Uniper are collaborating to facilitate the development of the initial production of 2 million tonnes/year of clean ammonia with an expansion potential of up to 8 million tonnes/year.
The proposed facility on the US Gulf Coast, developed by JERA Americas and ConocoPhillips, aims to produce hydrogen and convert it into clean ammonia to be supplied to JERA and Uniper under long-term sale and purchase agreements, with Europe as the primary initial export market, with Uniper targeting about 1 million tonnes/year of green ammonia from all sources by the end of the decade.
A project engineering study will be completed by year-end to develop the first phase of this landmark project which will assess green and blue hydrogen opportunities. It is expected to reach commercial operation in the late 2020s, including a complete certified CCS program.
Both companies are working jointly to optimize their LNG portfolio. As a result, Uniper will be able to supply additional LNG to Germany and JERA to Japan and beyond.
Steven Winn, CEO of JERA Americas Inc., said, “JERA and ConocoPhillips will be a low-cost ammonia supplier to domestic and international markets. We believe this project offers a unique opportunity to support Germany’s decarbonization efforts while advancing ammonia technology development for hydrogen distribution and industrial decarbonization.”
Yukio Kani, JERA Corporate Vice President, said, “JERA’s advanced technologies to meet its commitments as a low carbon fuel supplier and end user, together with ConocoPhillips’ low carbon innovation and Uniper’s proven low carbon technologies, would support the energy evolution in the US, Europe, Japan and Asia.”
Niek Den Hollander, CCO of Uniper SE, said, “Our collective goal is to jointly develop and deliver material LNG supply in the very near term and US sourced green and blue hydrogen to Europe to support our longer-term values and goals.”
Marc Merrill, CEO of Uniper North America, said, “Uniper North America highly values this opportunity to work closely with JERA Americas on core US infrastructure projects delivering both LNG and hydrogen.”