Jogmec, IOC, Toyo and Itochuto to explore ammonia value chain between Siberia and Japan

The partners are moving to phase 2 to study exporting ammonia to Japan by using clean hydrogen

Jogmec, Irkutsk Oil Company (IOC), Toyo Engineering Corporation, and Itochu Corporation today (26th July) have agreed on the joint feasibility study (Phase 2) of the blue ammonia value chain between eastern Siberia and Japan.

The partners aim to implement a detailed study to establish a master plan for commercialisation. Jogmec will offer financial and technical support for Japanese companies to secure suitable sites for CCS and contribute to developing blue hydrogen and ammonia supply chains and market expansion.

The partners will establish a blue ammonia value chain between Eastern Siberia and Japan by working in close collaboration by using their expertise to promote the realisation of a carbon-neutral society by introducing blue ammonia to Japan and Asia as a fuel for power plants, ships and other uses.

Jogmec also evaluated key aspects of the value chain and identified the important issues for commercialisation. Jogmec will execute a conceptual design to produce ammonia from natural gas produced in IOC’s oil fields in Eastern Siberia involving Toyo and Itochu alike Phase1. The CO2 emitted during the ammonia production process would be used for CO2-EOR to increase oil production in the oil and gas fields in Eastern Siberia owned by IOC or other CCUS methods. For the inland transportation of ammonia, the partner would use a railway cargo or pipeline. The result of the studies will propose a timeline approach for value chain commercialisation.

Jogmec has finalised its Carbon Neutral Initiative in early April this year to promote various projects to help achieve a carbon-neutral society. It conducted the feasibility study of a supply chain to transport ammonia by using hydrogen produced by IOC from eastern Siberia Russia to Japan as Phase 1 in 2020.

Early this month, Jogmec also signed more agreements with other companies for ammonia value chain development. It agreed with Woodside Energy Ltd., Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation, Marubeni Corporation, Hokuriku Electric Power Company and The Kansai Electric Power Co., Inc on a joint research agreement to conduct a feasibility study into the development of a clean fuel ammonia supply chain from Australia to Japan.

It also agreed with Inpex Corporation, Jera Co., Inc. and Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (Adnoc) on exploring the commercial potential of a clean ammonia production business in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Shahkar Ali

Shahkar is the regional representative for Asia covering the hydrogen industry for H2 Bulletin. Please click on the email icon to contact him directly via email or follow him on social media.
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