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SABIC AN and Aramco ship low-carbon blue ammonia to South Korea

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As first announced during the recent Saudi Green Initiative conference in Sharm Elsheikh, 50 kmt of blue ammonia has been shipped from Saudi Arabia to South Korea, representing a new milestone in the development of decarbonisation solutions.

Vessel Seasurfer, carrying 25 kmt of this independently certified low-carbon “cradle-to-gate” blue ammonia, is expected to reach its destination between 09 – 13 December, marking the world’s first commercial shipment of its kind. This accomplishment, representing a remarkable milestone for a low-carbon alternative to conventional grey ammonia, is part of a collaboration between SABIC Agri-Nutrients (SABIC AN) and Aramco, spanning the entire value chain. Lotte Fine Chemical (LFC), which has a long-standing relationship with SABIC AN, will receive the full-tank accredited as low-carbon “cradle to gate” blue ammonia.

Abdulrahman Shamsaddin, SABIC AN CEO, said: “This shipment is another milestone in our journey toward carbon neutrality. We are proud to be a part of this pioneering solution, paving the way for further decarbonisation efforts. Looking to the future, we are constantly working on breakthrough solutions to decarbonise our assets and deliver low-carbon solutions to our customers.”

Yong Suk Kim, LFC CEO, said: "We are delighted to enter this meaningful agreement with our long-term supplier, SABIC Agri-Nutrients, to receive the world’s first certified blue ammonia cargo. Building on our shared history, we are looking forward to moving forward together into a new era for ammonia. We believe that this shipment of blue ammonia will help lay the foundations for a global supply chain."

Earlier this year, SABIC AN and Aramco received the world’s first independent certifications recognising blue ammonia and blue hydrogen production from TÜV Rheinland, a leading independent testing, inspection and certification agency, based in Germany. The shipment of blue ammonia to South Korea will be the first to capitalise on this major certification achievement.

These developments are aligned with Saudi Vision 2030, which lays emphasis on low-carbon fuels, products, solutions and clean energy.

SABIC AN and Aramco are collaborating in the low-carbon hydrogen space and ammonia to develop solutions to serve various applications in the energy, fertilizer, and chemicals sectors.

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