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Origin Energy has launched a joint study into building a supply chain of renewable energy-derived ammonia (green ammonia) with Tokyo-based transport company Mitsui O.S.K Lines (MOL).

Origin is pursuing a number of green ammonia and hydrogen projects, including a green ammonia export project in Bell Bay, Tasmania, with first cargo targeted for 2026. 

MOL and Origin will complete a feasibility study on marine transportation of ammonia, demand in Japan and Asia, and developing a supply chain by December 2021.

As a next-generation clean energy source that produces no carbon dioxide (CO2) during combustion, and as a carrier for transporting hydrogen, ammonia is in the spotlight as a promising energy resource that can help meet the 2050 target set by the Japanese Government for achieving a carbon-neutral society. 

In addition, green ammoniaproduced using a renewable energy source that emits no CO2can make a major contribution to reducing CO2 in the supply chain.

Origin’s General Manager of Future Fuels and Future Growth, Tracey Boyes, said, “Transport is one of the biggest opportunities globally to achieve emissions abatement through the use of green and renewable fuels such as hydrogen and ammonia.

“With our abundance of renewable resources and proximity to Asian markets, Australia is in the box seat to develop a world-leading hydrogen sector, exporting low emissions energy all over the world to meet demand for clean energy from our major trading partners. 

“Many nations have committed to ambitious carbon targets, and partners such as Mitsui O.S.K. Lines will be crucial to underpinning the development of a strong hydrogen sector here in Australia.

“Origin is in a strong position to leverage our expertise in LNG export and delivering complex major projects.

“We are delighted to start building a strong working relationship with Mitsui O.S.K. Lines to establish what opportunities there may be, both for future projects, or for projects that we are already investigating.”

The MOL Group aims at net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

The study follows an announcement in early-August 2021 that a large international consortium including the Australian group, Woodside Energy, would carry out a supply chain study into ammonia as a fuel.

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