Idemitsu Collaborates with Korea Electric Power Corporation on establishing blue ammonia supply chains
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Idemitsu Collaborates with Korea Electric Power Corporation on establishing blue ammonia supply chains

Both companies will jointly study on procurement, marine transportation, and supply of blue/carbon-free ammonia to each country.

  • By ICN Bureau | April 24, 2023
Idemitsu Kosan Co.,Ltd. announced that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Korea Electric Power Corporation for seeking the collaboration on the Establishment of Blue/Carbon-Free Ammonia Supply Chain in Japan and Korea. Both companies will jointly study on procurement, marine transportation, and supply of blue/carbon-free ammonia to each country.
 
Ammonia, which does not emit CO2 when combusted, is expected to become a next-generation fuel contributing to the realization of a carbon neutral society. It is particularly attracting attention as a fuel for power generation, especially coal-fired power generation. On the other hand, the reduction of CO2 emissions through the manufacturing process remains as a challenge. Thus, the production, procurement, and use of blue ammonia, which is produced by capturing and utilizing CO2 generated in the manufacturing process, and carbon-free ammonia using renewable energy, are now being developed.
 
Idemitsu plans to trial ammonia co-firing using existing naphtha cracking furnaces and coal boilers at the Tokuyama Complex (Shunan City, Yamaguchi Prefecture), with a view to supplying CO2-free ammonia to neighboring industrial complexes by establishing an ammonia import terminal utilizing our existing infrastructure in the future. KEPCO, Korea’s largest power producer, aims to co-fire CO2-free ammonia at its own coal-fired power plants. Under this MOU, both companies, heading toward concrete efforts to utilize fuel ammonia, will study the following collaboration items to accelerate the establishment of a blue/carbon-free ammonia supply chain in Japan and Korea.
 
- Joint search for ammonia production projects around the world
- Optimization of marine fuel ammonia transportation costs through cooperative ship operations.
- Optimization of supply and demand adjustment through mutual product exchange
 
This initiative is positioned as an effort to develop and socially implement "Energy one step ahead" among the three business domains that Idemitsu has identified to realize a carbon-neutral society by 2050. Idemitsu will continue to contribute to the realization of a carbon-neutral society through collaboration with various leading companies in Japan and abroad.

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