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Ammonia producer Yara International joins SGMF, becomes member of the Board of Directors

24 Mar 2022

Norwegian firm Yara International ASA, a producer of nitrogen fertiliser, nitrates, ammonia, urea and other nitrogen-based chemicals, on Wednesday (23 March) said it has become a member of The Society for Gas as a Marine Fuel (SGMF), while joining SGMF’s Board of Directors.

The use of carbon-neutral ammonia is a very promising future green alternative to current fossil-fuel based energy, according to Yara which established the Yara Clean Ammonia (YCA) unit in 2021.

This unit focusses on capturing growth opportunities in emission-free fuel for shipping and power plants, carbon-free food production and ammonia for power- and industrial applications.

“SGMF has already build a strong reputation and increased the awareness of safe, effective and sustainable use of gaseous fuels in the maritime industry. Their current activities are expanding to include ammonia, of which we are appreciative,” said Magnus Krogh Ankarstrand, President of Yara Clean Ammonia.

“By becoming a member of the Board of Directors, YCA can effectively add value and create clarity on the implications of ammonia for the maritime industry. Our ambition is to accelerate ammonia as fuel and making carbon free shipping a reality.”

Yara will be represented by Ms. Tessa Major in the Board of SGMF starting on 1st of April 2022. She is a seasoned sustainability and maritime professional with profound experience on the development and implementation of alternative fuels. She has also been involved with the Society since its inception.

“We are delighted to welcome Yara as members, there is much debate in our industry surrounding gaseous marine fuels and the first-hand information this seasoned supplier can provide is invaluable,” said Mark Bell, General Manager, The Society for Gas as a Marine Fuel.

“Ammonia has both great potential and challenges as a marine fuel and in view of its significance I am very pleased to see Tessa Major – Director Bunkering appointed as a Board member for SGMF.”

SGMF introductory guide and formal LCA of Ammonia as a marine fuel

With a wide-ranging portfolio of best practice for LNG as a marine fuel, the Society has been busy evaluating both hydrogen and ammonia as marine fuels. SGMF is conducting a primary Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) Study on ammonia as a marine fuel (Sphera commissioned), similar as to what has been done for LNG but exclusively as a literature study. The scope will include both fossil (grey/blue) and sustainable (green) variants.

Furthermore, SGMF will also be launching an ‘Ammonia as a Marine Fuel – an introductory guide’ which will be outlining strategic facts about NH3. This high-level document guide relates to what are, and will be, more technically thorough SGMF guidelines, aimed at supporting the eventual ammonia ship fuel industry develop.

Both documents are expected to be published in 2022.


Photo credit and source: Yara International
Published: 24 March, 2022

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