Major Japanese industry players considering Australian green hydrogen and ammonia supply chains  


Two major Japanese companies are investigating opportunities for establishing green hydrogen and green ammonia supply chains in Australia.

Trading and investment conglomerate ITOCHU Corporation is considering a green hydrogen supply chain in Queensland, while shipping company Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) and Australian energy company Origin Energy are studying the feasibility of a green ammonia supply chain.

Itochu, which will conduct the feasibility study with Dalrymple Bay Infrastructure (DBI), North Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation Limited and Brookfield Asset Management, will explore producing and storing green hydrogen at the Dalrymple Bay Terminal (DBT). DBI operates the Queensland Government-owned port.

According to the media release by Austrade, the study will also look at building a supply chain using DBT’s export facilities.

MOL will undertake a feasibility study with Origin Energy. The two companies will explore how Australian green ammonia projects could supply key downstream markets from 2026, with the joint feasibility study to be completed by December 2021.

Origin is progressing a number of export scale green hydrogen opportunities across Australia to meet overseas and domestic demand for lower carbon fuels, including in Bell Bay, Tasmania, where the company’s separate $3.2 million feasibility study into green ammonia production is well underway.

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