Woodside conducts ammonia research with Japanese partners

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Under a joint research agreement signed by Woodside Energy, Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation (JOGMEC), Marubeni Corporation, Hokuriku Electric Power Company, The Kansai Electric Power Co., Inc, Tohuku Electric Power Co., Inc, and Hokkaido Electric Power Co., Inc, the companies will carry out a feasibility study (Phase 2) on the development of a lower-emissions fuel ammonia supply chain from Australia to Japan.

In a joint statement, the companies said ammonia is regarded as a promising next-generation lower-emission fuel for high energy-consuming thermal power plants and marine engines since ammonia doesn’t produce carbon dioxide during combustion. Given established proven technologies for ammonia production, storage, and transportation, it is anticipated to see early adoption as a low-emission fuel, the companies added. 

Additionally, Japan’s Sixth Strategic Energy Plan notes that ammonia-fueled energy production is one of the most promising options for decarbonising power sources to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050 as it emits no CO2 during combustion and can be used in many existing power generation facilities, such as boilers and denitration facilities without alteration.

Last year, Hokuriku Electric, Kansai Electric, Woodside, JOGMEC, and Marubeni, carried out a feasibility study on the entire supply chain. The study included ammonia production in Australia with lower emissions using CO2 abatement techniques like Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS), Carbon Capture and Utilisation (CCU), and biosequestration; marine transportation to Japan; using ammonia as a fuel for power generation and marine use; and financing. Last year’s study aimed to address the viability of creating a supply chain in terms of economics and lowering CO2 emissions. 


To determine the viability of developing a lower-emissions fuel ammonia supply chain based on last year’s feasibility study, the companies will carry out a further detailed study as part of the Project’s Phase 2. 

In an effort to aid in the decarbonisation of Australia and Japan, all parties involved in the project will continue to conduct research already done in order to establish a lower-emissions fuel ammonia supply chain between the two countries.