Jurong Port, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Asia Pacific (MHI-AP) and JERA Asia have concluded a deal to explore building an ammonia direct combustion power plant on Jurong Island, Singapore.
Under the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), a joint study will be conducted, where a 60MW class gas turbine combined cycle plant fuelled by 100 per cent ammonia is planned to be set up to produce carbon-neutral electricity.
The project aims to stimulate ammonia demand to be ready for ammonia bunkering in future.
The MoU builds upon an initial agreement between Jurong Port and MHI-AP signed in August 2021 for a pre-feasibility study on ammonia direct combustion technology for green power generation, which was concluded successfully in March 2022.
In February this year, the Singapore government raised its climate ambition to achieve net-zero CO2 emissions by or around 2050.
This project is in alignment with the overall national decarbonisation goals, as it aims to utilise ammonia – which can efficiently transport and store hydrogen in a liquid state at low cost – as a fuel to generate carbon-free electricity, and as the main bunkering fuel in the future to decarbonise the maritime sector.
“We feel this MoU could help pave the way for encouraging the adoption of hydrogen in Singapore through aggregation of demand across multiple sectors, mainly the power sector and the maritime sector, thereby addressing the chicken-and-egg conundrum of infrastructure versus demand needs for maritime and domestic power generation,” said Ooi Boon Hoe, Chief Executive Officer, Jurong Port.
“This collaboration is certainly consistent with the spirit of reinforcing Singapore’s premier bunkering hub status – for current, transition and future fuels.”
Together, the three companies will contribute to achieving net-zero CO2 emissions in Singapore by leveraging their technology, resources and expertise.
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In July COSCO SHIPPING Heavy Industry launched the first ammonia fuel combustion and real ship application project in China.