Mitsui looks to build blue ammonia plant in Western Australia

Oct 04 2021

Mimtsui and Metals National Corporation have agreed to conduct a joint feasibility study on CCS in Western Australia associated with Mitsui's Perth Basin investments.

Mitsui has also agreed with Wesfarmers Chemicals, Energy & Fertilisers Limited (WesCEF) to jointly study the commercial and technical viability of building a low carbon ammonia production plant, which will include Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) solutions to be provided by Mitsui in Western Australia. WesCEF is a division of Wesfarmers Limited, one of Australia's largest publicly-listed companies, and operates chemicals, energy and fertiliser businesses that service a range of sectors in both domestic and international markets.

Mitsui is developing the Waitsia gas field in the Mid West region of Western Australia as the Operator, with a 50 per cent working interest through its wholly-owned subsidiary Mitsui E&P Australia Pty Ltd ("MEPAU").

MEPAU also holds a 100 per cent working interest in nearby depleted gas fields in Perth Basin. MEPAU as a subsidiary of Mitsui & Co. has the credibility, capabilities and global network to develop natural gas assets and produce low carbon ammonia for the benefit of markets in both Australia and Asia, including Japan.

Specifically, MEPAU will investigate the production and export of low carbon ammonia made from hydrogen generated from Mid West natural gas, with potential for the associated CO2 to be stored in depleted gas fields in Perth Basin. The joint study with JOGMEC and WesCEF will research the potential for carbon storage in depleted gas fields, and also consider alternate sites in Western Australia.

MEPAU has executed a Memorandum of Understanding with WesCEF to collaborate with a view to creating a supply chain of low carbon ammonia which has the potential to deliver significant benefit to the Australian economy through investment and jobs growth.


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