JAPEX and partners applied for subsidy to establish ammonia supply base in Soma area
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JAPEX and partners applied for subsidy to establish ammonia supply base in Soma area

The five companies will bring together the knowledge of each company to expand the circle of decarbonization

  • By ICN Bureau | June 12, 2024

Japan Petroleum Exploration, Mitsubishi Gas Chemical, IHI Corporation, Mitsui & Co., and Mitsui O.S.K. Lineshave applied for the FY2024 "Subsidy for Measures to Promote Introduction of Non-Fossil Energy (Hydrogen Supply Infrastructure Improvement Project from the Consortium for Resilient Omni-energy supply System (CROS) for the survey for establish an ammonia supply base in Soma area, Fukushima Prefecture, and the Survey has adopted on May 30, 2024.

The Public Solicitation is for CROS to partially subsidize cost of the feasibility studies for constructing supply infrastructure for hydrogen and other resources and to provide accompanying support for the feasibility studies. The purpose of the Public Solicitation is to create large-scale needs for the use of hydrogen, etc., and to construct a supply chain that enables economical, efficient, and autonomous development.

In January 2024, the five companies began the joint study that aims to establish a base for receipt, storage, and supply of ammonia in Soma area of Fukushima Prefecture and realize a business that enables supply of ammonia to the broader region of north Kanto, mainly Soma and vicinity, Tohoku and Hokkaido regions*². As part of the joint study, the Five Companies applied for the Survey in the Public Solicitation and has been adopted as a result of the screening process. From now on, the Five Companies will conduct survey and study specifications of the ammonia base needed to build the base, as well as survey of vessels and study of business models.

The five companies will bring together the knowledge of each company to expand the circle of decarbonization in the broader region of north Kanto, Tohoku and Hokkaido regions using Soma area as a base and building an ammonia supply base that will contribute to the region's economic development. In the Survey, with the cooperation of Fukushima Prefecture, Soma City, and Shinchi Town, combination of public and private sectors will work toward realizing the project that will contribute to regional decarbonization and economic development.

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