Australian green technology, energy and metals company Fortescue has awarded a FEED contract for a green ammonia plant in in the Nordgulen fjord Norway to Tecnimont, a business unit of Italy’s Maire.
The scope of work entails the design of electrolyser integration, the air separation unit for nitrogen production, the ammonia production plant, as well as its storage and ship loading facilities. As part of the agreement, Tecnimont will also submit an Engineering, Procurement and Construction proposal for the realisation of the plant.
The facility will produce green ammonia through electrolysers that will use renewable hydropower for the hydrogen production. Unlike other renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar, hydropower is stable over time, greatly simplifying the configuration and operation of the plant as well as its efficiency.
The plant aims to ship the resulting green ammonia to domestic and European markets, contributing to the decarbonisation of hard-to-abate industries. These objectives align with both Norwegian and European ambitions of accelerating the green energy market.
Alessandro Bernini, Marie CEO, commented: “We are proud to support Norway with this new sustainable initiative aimed at decarbonising hard-to-abate industries, in particular the shipping sector, where ammonia is playing a pivotal role. This project is concrete evidence of our strong positioning in the energy transition thanks to our technology-driven value proposition”.