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Yara Officially Opens Europe's Largest Green Hydrogen Plant

11/06/2024, 09:23
Yara Officially Opens Europe's Largest Green Hydrogen Plant
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“This is a groundbreaking project. I want to extend great thanks to our dedicated Yara colleagues who have worked tirelessly to get production up and running,” said Yara CEO Svein Tore Holsether at the opening ceremony alongside Norwegian Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre.

Powered by renewable electricity, the €350 million plant is Europe’s largest operational facility making hydrogen from water electrolysis instead of natural gas. This allows Yara to cut 41,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions annually from its ammonia production.

The green ammonia-based fertilizers will be part of Yara’s new “Climate Choice” portfolio aimed at decarbonizing the food value chain while maintaining crop yields. In addition to electrolysis-based production, Yara is pursuing low-carbon ammonia from carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology.

“Renewable ammonia is an important part of the decarbonization puzzle, but it takes time to develop at large scale,” said Hans Olav Raen, Managing Director of Yara Clean Ammonia. “The world is rapidly approaching 2030, so we’re also working to produce low-carbon ammonia from CCS to enable the hydrogen economy.”

Last year, Yara signed the world’s first cross-border CCS agreement for CO2 transport and storage via Northern Lights. The company aims to reduce annual emissions by 800,000 tonnes from ammonia production at its Sluiskil plant in the Netherlands and is evaluating one to two new ammonia plants with CCS in the US.

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