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Japanese firm Jera teams up with NYK MOL to develop ammonia-fuelled vessels

22 Nov 2022

Japanese energy company Jera has signed two memorandum of understandings (MoUs) with Japanese shipping firms Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK) and Mitsui OSK Line (MOL) to develop ammonia-fuelled vessels, according to NYK and MOL on Monday (21 November).

They will also include studying the transport of ammonia fuel to the Hekinan Thermal Power Plant in Aichi Prefecture, where JERA aims to begin using ammonia fuel in commercial operations in the late 2020s.

Both agreements cover:

  • Developing ammonia fuel carriers suitable for domestic thermal power plants and receiving stations
  • Building a fuel ammonia transportation and receiving systems
  • Implementation and operation of propulsion engines that use ammonia as ship fuel
  • Working with related parties to foster the formation of rules related to the reception of fuel ammonia

According to MOL, looking ahead to the commercial operation of large-scale co-firing of ammonia fuel (with a calorific value ratio of 20%) at JERA’s Hekinan Power Station Unit 4 in the late 2020s, the two companies will collaborate to establish a method of transporting ammonia as fuel for power generation, aiming to establish the world’s first supply chain for ammonia fuel.


Photo credit: NYK/ MOL
Published: 22 November, 2022

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