Mitsubishi and Shell Canada to work on green hydrogen/ammonia production
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Mitsubishi Corporation and Shell Canada have signed a memorandum of understanding on the production of blue hydrogen from natural gas with carbon capture and storage at a site near Edmonton, in the province of Alberta. Mitsubishi intends to build a blue hydrogen production facility sometime in the second half of this decade at Shell Energy and Chemicals Park Scotford, and Shell would provide the CO2 storage via the proposed Polaris CCS project; the intention is that the product would mostly be exported to Japan. The announcement of the MoU follows other recent collaborations between Japanese companies and foreign firms aimed at producing low or zero-carbon hydrogen and ammonia for use in Japan, a clear sign of the intent of Japan industry to decarbonise. Along these lines, a Mitsubishi representative said of the latest MoU that the company is “looking into such clean energy opportunities globally.” For transport purposes, the product would be converted into ammonia; it is unclear if it would be converted back into hydrogen for use. In the first phase of the project, 165,000 tons (it is unclear if these are imperial or metric) of hydrogen would be produced annually. The Polaris CCS project, if it receives a positive final investment decision, would store up to 10 million tons of CO2 each year.