Yara contracts Linde to build 24-MW electrolyser at ammonia plant in Norway

Yara’s ammonia plant at Heroya. Image by Yara.

January 28 (Renewables Now) - Norwegian fertiliser company Yara International ASA has contracted Linde Engineering to build a 24-MW green hydrogen demonstration facility at Yara’s ammonia plant at Heroya Industripark in Porsgrunn, Norway, the firms announced today.

The project, which has been awarded a NOK-283-million (USD 31.6m/EUR 28.3m) grant by government funding agency Enova, will use proton exchange membrane (PEM) technology by UK company ITM Power (LON:ITM). It is intended to demonstrate that ammonia produced with renewable energy can reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in fertiliser production.

The electrolysis system will produce around 10,000 kg per day of green hydrogen, which will replace some of the hydrocarbon-based hydrogen production in Yara’s plant, reducing 41,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions annually.

“The project aims to supply the first green ammonia products to the market as early as mid-2023, both as fossil-free fertilisers, as well as emissions-free shipping fuel,” said Magnus Ankarstrand, president Yara Clean Ammonia. According to him green ammonia is key to reducing emissions from world food production and long-distance shipping.

Yara’s Heroya fertiliser factory is one of Norway's biggest CO2 emitters outside the oil and gas industry.

For this project, Linde Engineering will design and build a second 24-MW PEM electrolysis plant after the one currently under construction at the Leuna Chemical Complex in Germany.

(NOK 1 = USD 0.112/EUR 0.100)

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