Woodside Submits Impact Statements for Browse LNG Project and Investigates Australia-Japan Fuel Ammonia Chain | New


The DCCEEW will now prepare its recommendation report and submit it to the Minister.

The proposed Browse to NWS project would send feed gas from fields in the offshore Browse basin for processing at the NWS project’s Karratha gas plant (pictured).

The project could contribute to energy security in Western Australia and the Asia-Pacific region, with a production capacity of 11.4 Mtpa (LNG, LPG and domestic gas).

Woodside CEO Meg O’Neill said moving the proposed project into the assessment phase was an important and positive step in the regulatory approval process.

“The final EIA provides full details of potential environmental impacts, proposed mitigation and management measures.

“Processing Browse gas through the Karratha Gas Plant could provide much needed energy in Western Australia and overseas, while creating jobs and tax revenue that supports our host communities,” a- she declared.

Major work activities continue in support of progress towards initial engineering design entry.

The corresponding State Environmental Review Document response to submissions will also be published once accepted by the Western Australia Environmental Protection Authority.

Meanwhile, Woodside Energy, Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation (JOGMEC), Marubeni Corporation (Marubeni), Hokuriku Electric Power Company (Hokuriku Electric), The Kansai Electric Power Co. (Kansai Electric), Tohoku Electric Power Co. (Tohoku Electric), and Hokkaido Electric Power Co. (Hokkaido Electric) have signed a joint research agreement under which they will jointly conduct a feasibility study (phase 2) on the establishment of an ammonia supply chain low-emission fuel from Australia to Japan.

Ammonia does not emit carbon dioxide (CO2) during combustion and is considered a promising next-generation low-emission fuel for power-intensive thermal power plants and marine engines.

Green ammonia has the highest volumetric energy density of any hydrogen-based energy source – far more than pure hydrogen – making it cheap and easy to store and transport. The green ammonia market, valued at around USD 35 million in 2021, is expected to grow at a CAGR of 71% over the next five years.

Given existing proven technologies for the production, storage and transportation of ammonia, it is expected to be rapidly adopted as a low-emission fuel.

In addition, the Sixth Strategic Energy Plan, released on October 22, 2021, indicates that ammonia power generation is one of the most promising options for decarbonizing energy sources towards achieving carbon neutrality. by 2050, as it does not emit CO2 during combustion and can be used in many existing power generation installations such as boilers and denitration installations without modification.

Last year, Woodside, JOGMEC, Marubeni, Hokuriku Electric and Kansai Electric conducted a feasibility study of the entire supply chain, including the production of low-emission ammonia in Australia from natural gas with CO2 reduction methods such as carbon capture and storage (CCS). ), carbon capture and utilization and biosequestration; shipping to Japan; the use of ammonia as a fuel for electricity generation and marine use; and funding.

In last year’s study, the parties sought to address the feasibility of establishing a supply chain in relation to saving and reducing CO2 emissions.

Under Phase 2, the seven parties, including Tohoku Electric and Hokkaido Electric as new entrants, will conduct another detailed feasibility study to inform the viability of establishing an ammonia fuel supply chain. with low emissions based on the results of the feasibility study carried out. Last year.

All parties involved in this project will continue the research already undertaken to establish a low-emission fuel ammonia supply chain between Australia and Japan through collaboration, with the aim of assisting in the decarbonisation of both country.

Topsoe and First Ammonia recently entered into a capacity reservation agreement to revive the global green ammonia market.

Topsoe’s Solid Oxide Electrolyzer Cells (SOEC) will be installed at First Ammonia’s green ammonia plants worldwide and operations are expected to begin from 2025.

Maritime transport emits more than a billion tonnes of CO2 each year and the production of ammonia emits another 500 million. Together, they represent 5% of the global annual carbon footprint.


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