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Mitsui & Co., Inc. and CF Industries to jointly explore development of blue ammonia projects in the US

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Mitsui & Co., Inc., one of the leading ammonia marketers in the world, and CF Industries Holdings, Inc., one of the world’s largest producers of ammonia, have announced a memorandum of understanding (MoU) that will guide the companies in a joint exploration of the development of blue ammonia projects in the US.

Blue ammonia generally relates to the production of ammonia (NH3) with its byproduct carbon dioxide (CO2) removed through carbon capture and sequestration (CCS). Demand for blue ammonia is expected to grow significantly as a decarbonised energy source, both for its hydrogen content or as a fuel itself.

“As countries and industries continue to develop plans to achieve net-zero carbon emissions, there is broad interest in blue and green hydrogen and ammonia to help meet the world’s clean energy needs,” said Tony Will, President and CEO, CF Industries Holdings, Inc. “CF Industries and Mitsui share a belief that blue ammonia will play a critical role in accelerating the world’s transition to clean energy and that demand for blue ammonia will grow meaningfully. We are pleased to collaborate with Mitsui and leverage the world class expertise of both companies to explore the development of blue ammonia capacity in the US to meet this expected demand.”

Under the MoU, CF Industries and Mitsui plan to execute various preliminary studies on the feasibility of blue ammonia production in the US. Among the areas that the companies will study include establishing blue ammonia supply and supply chain infrastructure, CO2 transportation and storage, expected environmental impacts, and blue ammonia economics and marketing opportunities in Japan and in other countries.

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