Yara, Azane team up for ammonia bunkering terminal

Yara, Azane set to build ammonia bunkering terminal

The Norwegian Directorate for Civil Protection has granted Yara Clean Ammonia (YCA) and Azane Fuel Solutions a safety permit for the construction of an ammonia bunkering facility at Fjord Base in Florø.

The planned terminal facility reportedly consists of a floating stationary barge with a capacity of 1,000 cubic metres, or 650 tonnes, of low-emission ammonia.

The permit provides for up to 416 operations per year, including bunkering for offshore supply vessels that visit Florø’s Fjord Base often.

The planned terminal is part of YCA and Azane’s efforts to make low-emission ammonia a common fuel for shipping.

With ammonia’s potential to completely decarbonise the marine sector, the companies intend to establish a network of ports throughout Scandinavia.

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Yara Clean Ammonia, Azane and Fjord Base will now begin working with their project partners to obtain a permit from the local municipality before making a final investment decision.

Magnus Ankarstrand, President of Yara Clean Ammonia, stated: “We are grateful for the permit awarded from the Norwegian Directorate for Civil Protection. This acknowledges how ammonia can be used safely and efficiently as a shipping fuel at the site in Kinn.

“The ammonia terminal will enable the decarbonisation of the maritime sector and showcase ammonia’s assets as a zero-emission shipping fuel. We look forward to working together with our partners and the local community in Kinn to complete the project and provide the shipping fuel for the future to the Norwegian offshore supply segment.”

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Steinar Kostøl, VP of Projects and Products at Azane, said: “This marks a milestone for ammonia as a fuel. Now we finally know with certainty the safety zones we will have to operate under when bunkering ammonia.

“The required safety zones are very encouraging and demonstrate how it will be possible to bunker ammonia in the biggest and busiest ports around the world.”

In February, Yara Marine Technologies (YMT) became part of Geneva-based Okapi Supply Trading Advisory SA (formerly Sarl).

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