Aramco added in a statement today, Sunday, that forty tons of high-quality blue ammonia have been exported to Japan for use in carbon-free power generation.
This announcement comes amid growing expectations for the role that hydrogen will play in the global energy system. Ammonia, a compound consisting of three atoms of hydrogen and one atom of nitrogen, can contribute to meeting the challenges of rising global energy demand in a reliable, sustainable and affordable way.
The Saudi-Japanese blue ammonia supply network stretches across the entire value chain, including converting hydrocarbons into hydrogen and then into ammonia, while simultaneously capturing associated CO2 emissions.
The challenges associated with shipping blue ammonia to Japan for use in power plants were addressed, as 30 tons of carbon dioxide were captured during the process designated for use in methanol production at SABIC’s Ibn Sina facility, and another 20 tons of captured carbon dioxide were used. To improve the oil recovery (EOR) process in the Uthmaniyah field.
According to the statement, the achievement highlights one of the many pathways within the Circular Carbon Economy (CCE) concept, which is a framework in which carbon dioxide emissions are reduced, removed, recycled, and reused – rather than released into the atmosphere.
“The use of hydrogen in the global energy system is expected to increase. This first shipment in the world represents an important opportunity for Saudi Aramco to showcase the potential of hydrocarbons as a reliable source of hydrogen and low carbon ammonia,” said Saudi Aramco’s chief technical officer, Ahmed Al-Khowaiter.
Al-Khwaiter added that Saudi Aramco is working with different partners from around the world to find solutions by deploying advanced technologies to produce low-carbon energy to meet the global climate challenge.
Masakazu Toyoda, Chairman and CEO of the Japan Energy Economics Institute, said: “Blue ammonia is extremely important to Japan’s ambitions in terms of reducing carbon emissions in order to maintain a balance between the environment and the economy. About 10% of Japan’s energy can be generated with 30 million tons of blue ammonia.
Fahad Al-Shuraihi, SABIC Vice President of Energy Efficiency and Carbon Management, said: “We can economically benefit from our existing infrastructure for hydrogen and ammonia production through carbon dioxide capture.
“Our experience in the complete supply chain along with integrated petrochemical facilities will play an important role in providing blue ammonia to the world,” Al-Sherhi added.
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