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Feasibility Study on Establishing a Lower-Emissions Fuel Ammonia Supply Chain from Australia to Japan (Phase 2)

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Woodside Energy Ltd.
Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation
Marubeni Corporation
Hokuriku Electric Power Company
The Kansai Electric Power Co., Inc.
Tohoku Electric Power Co., Inc.
Hokkaido Electric Power Co., Inc

September 15, 2022

Woodside Energy Ltd. (“Woodside”), Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation (“JOGMEC”), Marubeni Corporation (“Marubeni”), Hokuriku Electric Power Company (“Hokuriku Electric”), The Kansai Electric Power Co., Inc. (“Kansai Electric”), Tohoku Electric Power Co., Inc. (“Tohoku Electric”), and Hokkaido Electric Power Co., Inc. (“Hokkaido Electric”) have signed a joint research agreement under which they will jointly conduct a feasibility study (Phase 2) on the establishment of a lower-emissions fuel ammonia supply chain from Australia to Japan (the “Project”).

Ammonia does not emit carbon dioxide (CO2) during combustion and is considered a promising next-generation lower-emission fuel for energy intensive thermal power plants and marine engines. Given existing proven technologies for the production, storage, and transportation of ammonia, it is expected to have early take-up as a lower-emission fuel.

In addition, the Sixth Strategic Energy Plan, published on October 22, 2021, states that ammonia-fueled power generation is one of the most promising options for decarbonizing power sources toward achieving carbon neutrality by 2050 since it does not emit CO2 during combustion and can be utilized in many existing power generation facilities such as boilers and denitration facilities without modification.

Last year, Woodside, JOGMEC, Marubeni, Hokuriku Electric, and Kansai Electric conducted a feasibility study on the entire supply chain, including the production of lower-emissions ammonia in Australia from natural gas with CO2 abatement methods such as Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS), Carbon Capture and Utilisation (CCU) , and bio-sequestration; marine transportation to Japan; ammonia’s utilization as a fuel for power generation and marine use; and financing. In last year’s study, the parties sought to address the feasibility of establishing a supply chain in relation to economics and CO2 emission reduction.

As part of Phase 2 of the Project, seven parties, including Tohoku Electric and Hokkaido Electric as new participants, will conduct a further detailed feasibility study to inform the viability of establishing a lower-emissions fuel ammonia supply chain based on the results of the feasibility study conducted the previous year.

All parties participating in this project will continue the research already conducted in order to establish a lower-emissions fuel ammonia supply chain between Australia and Japan through collaboration, in an effort to assist the decarbonization of Australia and Japan.

Conclusion of joint research agreement

Conclusion of joint research agreement
Top row, left to right:
Woodside Energy Ltd., Shaun Gregory, Executive Vice President, New Energy
Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation, YAMAMOTO Koji, Vice President, Oil & Gas Upstream Unit
Marubeni Corporation, Yoshiaki Yokota, Managing Executive Officer, Chief Executive Officer, Energy & Infrastructure Solution Group
Hokuriku Electric Power Company, Wataru Hirata, Director & Managing Executive Officer
 
Second row, left to right:
The Kansai Electric Power Co., Inc., Makoto Araki, Executive Vice President
Tohoku Electric Power Co., Inc., Sadahiro Ohno, Director & Managing Executive Officer, President of Power Generation Company
Hokkaido Electric Power Co., Inc., Susumu Saito, Member of the Board, Executive Officer

About Each Company

Woodside Energy Ltd.
Headquarters Perth, Australia
Established January, 1954
Representative Meg O’Neill, Acting Chief Executive Officer
Website https://www.woodside.com.au/外部リンク
Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation
Headquarters Tokyo, Japan
Established February, 2004
Representative Tetsuhiro Hosono, Chairman & CEO
Website https://www.jogmec.go.jp/english/
Marubeni Corporation
Headquarters Tokyo, Japan
Established December, 1949
Representative Masumi Kakinoki, President and CEO
Website https://www.marubeni.com/jp/外部リンク
Hokuriku Electric Power Company
Headquarters Toyama, Japan
Established May, 1951
Representative Koji Matsuda, Representative Director & President
Website http://www.rikuden.co.jp/外部リンク
The Kansai Electric Power Co., Inc.
Headquarters Osaka, Japan
Established May, 1951
Representative Takashi Morimoto, Director, Representative Executive Officer, President
Website https://www.kepco.co.jp/外部リンク
Tohoku Electric Power Co., Inc
Headquarters Sendai, Japan
Established May, 1951
Representative Kojiro Higuchi, President and Representative Directo
Website https://www.tohoku-epco.co.jp/english/外部リンク
Hokkaido Electric Power Co., Inc.
Headquarters Sapporo, Japan
Established May, 1951
Representative Yutaka Fujii, President and Representative Director
Website https://www.hepco.co.jp/english/外部リンク

Graphics of the Lower-Emissions fuel ammonia supply chain between Australia and Japan

Graphics of the Lower-Emissions fuel ammonia supply chain between Australia and Japan

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