Norwegian clean energy company Horisont Energi and Dutch firm Koole Terminals have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to build a blue ammonia terminal at the Port of Rotterdam in the Netherlands.
The new terminal will support the distribution of blue ammonia produced from the Barents Blue project, Europe’s first large-scale blue ammonia production facility. Horisont recently signed a cooperation agreement with Barents Sea offshore oil and gas producers Equinor and Vår Energi to develop the facility, in Hammerfest, Norway, which will make blue ammonia from natural gas and water, powered by renewable energy. More than 99% of the CO2 produced during ammonia manufacture will be captured and stored in the Polaris reservoir offshore northern Norway.
Horisont and Koole will initially explore establishing a strategic arrangement for storing the ammonia. The MoU also includes developing technical and commercial conceptual models for storing ammonia products, and services solutions and technologies for further distribution, to meet forecast demand in Northwest Europe.
‘As Horisont Energi and our partners work towards developing Europe’s first world-scale clean ammonia project, it is essential to establish relationships with key storage, handling and transport partners in the rgion, to ensure our clean ammonia can reach all potential clients,’ says Bjørgulf Haukelidsæter Eidesen, CEO of Horisont Energi.
John Kraakman, CEO of Koole Terminals adds that the ammonia terminal fits well with Koole’s sustainable strategy, as the company considers ammonia to be one of the important future liquid energy carriers.