Yara begins electrifying the factory at Herøya
Oslo, 17 December 2021: Yara has been granted NOK 283.25 million from Enova for the development of an initiative to produce green ammonia. With this Yara officially takes the first step towards full decarbonisation of the ammonia plant at Herøya in Porsgrunn.
Yara’s fertilizer factory at Herøya is one of Norway's largest sources of CO2 emissions outside the oil and gas industry, releasing 800,000 tonnes of CO2 annually. A crucial element in fertilizer production is hydrogen, which is converted into ammonia. Today, the hydrogen is produced using liquefied fossil gas. By producing hydrogen based on renewable energy, Yara will be able to create emission-free ammonia.
- Norway has the unique opportunity to take a leading position in the green transition, but the window of opportunity is limited. That is why this decision is so important and will be able to help accelerate a new, Norwegian industrial adventure. Green ammonia is a versatile, climate friendly input factor and hydrogen energy carrier. Emission free ammonia is the key to reducing emissions from world food production and long-distance shipping, says Svein Tore Holsether, CEO of Yara.
One of the largest projects
Yara's corporate board has made the decision to invest in the 24 MW demonstration plant, where the technology will be demonstrated and quality assured. This plant will be one of the largest projects producing green ammonia in the world.
Renewable energy will replace fossil fuels and thereby reduce CO2 emissions by approximately 41,000 tons per year. The plant will produce enough hydrogen to produce 20,500 tonnes of ammonia per year, which converts into between 60,000 and 80,000 tonnes of green fossil free mineral fertilizer.
Will reduce emissions by 30 percent
- The project aims to supply the first green ammonia products to the market as early as mid-2023, both as fossil free fertilizer, as well as fuel for ships. We move from good intentions to actions, the investment decision has been made and the project begins now, says Magnus Ankarstrand, director of Yara Clean Ammonia.
Holsether underlines that this is an important move to ensure Yara’s plans to reduce their own emissions.
- Yara has already cut its own emissions by about 45 percent since 2005 and will continue to reduce its own emissions and emissions from power production by an additional 30 percent within 2030. We are very pleased that the authorities support the investment and has granted us the necessary permits and the financial support from Enova, says Holsether.
The funds/support from Enova are subject to ESA approval.
For further information, please contact:
Vice President Corporate Communications, Yara
Mobile: +47 900 15 550
Head of Investor Relations, Yara
Mobile: +49 957 04 843
The CEO of Yara, Svein Tore Holsether, will be available for interviews between 09-09:30, or by appointment. Director of Yara Clean Ammonia, Magnus Ankarstrand is also available for interviews throughout the day.
Yara grows knowledge to responsibly feed the world and protect the planet. Supporting our vision of a world without hunger and a planet respected, we pursue a strategy of sustainable value growth, promoting climate-friendly crop nutrition and zero-emission energy solutions. Yara’s ambition is focused on growing a climate positive food future that creates value for our customers, shareholders and society at large and delivers a more sustainable food value chain.
To achieve our ambition, we have taken the lead in developing digital farming tools for precision farming and work closely with partners throughout the food value chain to improve the efficiency and sustainability of food production. Through our focus on clean ammonia production, we aim to enable the hydrogen economy, driving a green transition of shipping, fertilizer production and other energy intensive industries.
Founded in 1905 to solve the emerging famine in Europe, Yara has established a unique position as the industry’s only global crop nutrition company. We operate an integrated business model with around 17,000 employees and operations in over 60 countries, with a proven track record of strong returns. In 2020, Yara reported revenues of USD 11.6 billion.
returns. In 2020, Yara reported revenues of USD 11.6 billion.
This information is subject to the disclosure requirements pursuant to Section 5-12 the Norwegian Securities Trading Act