Yara has announced plans to fully electrify its ammonia plant in Porsgrunn, Norway with the potential to cut 800,000 tonnes of CO2 per year, equivalent to the emissions from 300,000 passenger cars.
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Global ammonia champion, Yara, joins the cluster to explore technological opportunities and seek cross-sector collaboration.

Yara, one of the world’s largest ammonia producers, and the largest trader and shipper of ammonia around the world was accepted as a cluster partner in June 2021. The company will strengthen the cluster in ammonia-related matters and within the deep-sea segment.

– For many years, Yara has worked strategically to reduce our GHG emissions. Initially, it was a matter of reducing the footprint from our own production facilities, but now we see that the interest in clean ammonia-based solutions has gained significant momentum. Therefore, our focus on both production, shipping, and trade of these products is accelerating , says Director, Industry & Market Leads, Eystein Leren.

New Clean Ammonia unit established

Since founded in 1905 to solve the emerging famine in Europe, Yara has established a unique position as the industry’s only global crop nutrition company. Yara is a world leader in ammonia, with long experience and leading positions within global ammonia production, logistics and trade. The Oslo-based company produces roughly 8.5 million tonnes of ammonia annually. Furthermore, Yara employs a fleet of 11 ammonia carriers, including 5 fully owned ships, and owns 18 marine ammonia terminals with 580 kt of storage capacity – enabling it to produce and deliver ammonia across the globe. Yara recently established a new Clean Ammonia unit to capture growth opportunities in the supply of emission-free fuel for shipping and power, carbon-free fertilizer, and ammonia for industrial applications.

Will take part in innovation projects in the cluster

Through their focus on clean ammonia production Yara aims to enable the hydrogen economy, driving a green transition of shipping, fertilizer production, and other energy-intensive industries. Now they want to share knowledge, learn from others, and take part in cross-sector collaboration projects in the NCE Maritime CleanTech-cluster.

– Through our experience working with clusters in other countries we see that such organisations provide great added value. As a member of NCE Maritime CleanTech, we are looking forward to being updated on the latest technology, take part in new innovation projects, and build avenues for collaboration with interesting partners says Leren.

– In addition, we believe that bringing together leading industry voices from the whole maritime value chain is a great way to influence the political framework that is pivotal to secure the transition to clean energy carriers and fuels in the maritime industry, Leren concluded.

Strengthening our clean-ammonia and deep-sea competence

Yara and NCE Maritime CleanTech have already cooperated in joint projects for some years.

– I am happy that Yara now is an official cluster partner. After having cooperated with Yara for some time through the ShipFC-project, and I am truly impressed by how committed they are towards decarbonization of the maritime industry. If you consider the maritime sector’s future needs for green ammonia, this partnership is not only of great importance for us but also for the global maritime industry, says project leader in ShipFC, Tore Boge.