• JERA looking to establish ammonia supply chain

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      Patrick Lavery

      Combustion Industry News Editor

JERA, the joint venture between Tokyo Electric Power and Chubu Electric Power, has begun to talk to various companies about setting up a supply chain for ammonia for use as an energy vector, according to a report from Reuters. JERA has an aim of using ammonia for 20% of its fuel at coal-fired power plants by 2035 as it reaches towards its target of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. In place already is a memorandum of understanding with Yara, a Norwegian producer of ‘green’ ammonia (like ‘green’ hydrogen, produced with no carbon emissions), and discussions have also taken place with Malaysia’s Petronas. The joint venture’s president, Satoshi Onoda, told reporters that discussions were also taking place with “resource majors, state-owned companies, shipping companies, domestic electric utilities and plant manufacturers”, as JERA strives to establish a dependable supply chain, which might be used also by other consumers of ammonia. As a start for its ammonia-based operations, the company is planning to begin co-firing coal and ammonia in a 1GW plant.