Yara International:, JERA and Idemitsu Kosan explore collaboration for bunkering and distribution of clean ammonia in Japan


Oslo, 5 October 2021: Yara International ASA, a leading global player in ammonia, JERA Co., Inc, Japan’s largest power generation company, and Idemitsu Kosan, one of Japan’s leading suppliers of petroleum products, signed a memorandum of understanding to explore the establishment of a nationwide electricity distribution grid. clean ammonia and bunkering activity, accelerating Japan’s green energy transition.

JERA and Yara have announced a collaboration to decarbonise electricity production by Japan in May 2021. Since then, the two companies have been actively exploring potential cooperation across the clean ammonia value chain to cultivate the demand for clean ammonia in Japan. In this context, JERA and Yara have also agreed to jointly study the potential of ammonia bunkering and distribution activities to the industrial sector in Japan. Expanding this collaboration to include Idemitsu Kosan brings an extensive petroleum product distribution network, bunkering capacity and import terminals.

“By leveraging the combined strengths of JERA, Idemitsu Kosan and Yara, we will enable the development of a clean end-to-end ammonia supply chain, which is critical for the decarbonization of the industries. Japan’s energy, shipping and industry, ”said Magnus Krogh Ankarstrand, President Yara Clean Ammonia. “Collaboration with these key players will strengthen Yara’s position in the strategically important Japanese market. “

As part of its measures to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, Japan targets 3 million tonnes of ammonia import for fuel by 2030 and 30 million tonnes by 2050. Ammonia does not emit carbon dioxide during combustion and is considered a future source of fuel. efficient energy. Blue ammonia is derived from a carbon capture and storage (CCS) process, while green ammonia is produced from renewable energy. The term clean ammonia includes both blue and green ammonia.

The MoU states that the three companies – JERA, Yara International, and Idemitsu Kosan – will use their respective strengths to explore the possibility of cooperation in the following areas to expand the introduction of ammonia in Japan:

  • Establishment of a domestic ammonia distribution network based at the Tokuyama complex in Idemitsu Kosan (Shunan City, Yamaguchi Prefecture)
  • Creation of an ammonia bunkering company using Tokuyama Complex and the culture of demand
  • Home Use Fuel Ammonia Shipping Supply Chain Optimization

The MoU is to discuss cooperation between key players in the power generation, agriculture and oil refining sectors. The collaboration will help improve the reliability of ammonia supply in Japan and ensure its economic efficiency.

JERA, which produces around 30% of from Japan electricity, is developing “zero-emission thermal power plants” that use clean ammonia as fuel for the production of electricity. Idemitsu streamlines its operations by exploiting infrastructure formerly used in petroleum refining and developing an ammonia business. Yara is a global leader in the production, logistics and trade of ammonia. She created a new unit, Yara Clean Ammonia, to seize growth opportunities in emission-free fuels for shipping and electricity, carbon-free fertilizers and ammonia for industrial applications.


Josiane Kremer, Director EExternal communication
Mobile: (+47) 481 80 451
Email: josiane.kremer@yara.com

Yu Komatsu, Commercial Director- Asia (Ammonia / Fertilizer)
Mobile: (+65) 9711 2354
Email: yu.komatsu@yara.com

Created in 2015 as a 50/50 joint venture between two large Japanese electricity companies (TEPCO Fuel & Power Incorporated and Chubu Electric Power Company), JERA is an energy company with a global reach and strengths across the entire energy supply chain, from participation in upstream LNG projects and fuel supply to by transporting fuel and generating electricity.

JERA’s mission is to provide cutting-edge solutions to global energy problems by providing established energy supply models to other countries. Japan through JERA’s global operations. By 2025, JERA mainly focuses on energy solutions in two areas: large-scale renewable energies focused on offshore wind energy production and LNG value chains. To pursue its existing initiatives and clarify its long-term vision, JERA has set up its “JERA Zero CO2 Emissions 2050” goal in October 2020 based on the development of renewable energies and zero emission thermal power generation using ammonia and hydrogen.

JERA’s current global power generation capacity is around 80 GW and its LNG transaction volume is around 40MTPA — among the largest in the world.
For more details: https://www.jera.co.jp/english/

About Idemitsu Kosan
Idemitsu Kosan Co., Ltd. is one of the major producers and suppliers of energy in Japan. Our global operations, covering 67 sales bases in 20 countries and regions outside of Japan, encompass fuel oils, lubricants, asphalt, oil and gas development, renewable energies, coal and low carbon solutions, petrochemicals, electronic materials and agro-bio products.

Founded in 1911, Idemitsu Group has been providing the stable energy supply essential for industry and daily life for more than a century. As part of our corporate vision for 2030, entitled ‘Your reliable partner for a better future’, we will address social challenges and work towards the goal of zero carbon emissions (Scope1 + 2) by 2050, all by staying focused on our social mission: to provide a stable supply of energy, where and when people need it.

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For more information on our corporate vision for 2030, see:

About Yara
Yara develops her knowledge to responsibly feed the world and protect the planet. Supporting our vision of a world without hunger and a respected planet, we pursue a strategy of sustainable growth in value, 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 as a whole and provides a more sustainable food value chain.

To achieve our ambition, we have taken the lead in developing digital agricultural tools for precision farming and are working closely with partners throughout the food value chain to improve the efficiency and sustainability of food production. With a 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 approximately 17,000 employees and operations in over 60 countries, with a proven track record of strong returns on investment. In 2020, Yara reported sales of $ 11.6 billion.

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