Ammonia bunker facility project launched for Norwegian offshore sector

Norwegian company Equinor has teamed up with technology company Azane Fuel Solutions to launch a project to show how clean ammonia can be introduced as a fuel to decarbonize Norway’s offshore sector.

Azane, a joint venture between ECONNECT Energy and Amon Maritime, said the project will focus on optimizing the ammonia value chain from production to use, with a particular focus on efficient distribution and the establishment of bunker terminals in strategic locations.

The project, which builds on the established foundations of the AFBN – Ammonia Fuel Bunkering Network project over the past two years, will meet estimated ammonia fuel needs between 2025 and 2030. Led by Azane Fuel Solutions in a consortium that includes partners such as Yara Clean Ammonia, SINTEF and Fjord Base, the project has now welcomed Equinor as an associated partner.

In April 2022, Yara pre-ordered up to 15 ammonia bunker terminals as part of a multi-year deal with Azane Fuel Solutions to adequately cover the Scandinavian market. Amon Maritime then formed a new company specializing in the offshore market with the aim of building, owning and operating a fleet of ammonia-powered platform supply vessels for the Norwegian continental shelf.

All PSVs on the NCS will emit zero emissions by 2030, requiring the delivery of about 80 newbuild or significantly modified or rebuilt vessels between 2025 and 2030, Amon Maritime said in November.

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