CIP to build Europe’s largest green ammonia facility


Denmark CIP has announced proposals for the development of the largest CO2-free green ammonia production facility in Europe. The plant will be based in the town of Esbjerg on the west coast of Denmark, where the Power-to-X facility will transform power from offshore wind turbines to green ammonia.

This can be used by the farming sector as a CO2-free green fertilizer and by the shipping industry as a CO2-free green fuel. The excessive heat can be used to heat about one third of local households in Esbjerg. The plant will consist of 1GW of electrolysis. At the end of the day, this is projected to eliminate CO2 emissions by around 1.5 million tons of CO2 annually – or equal to the permanent withdrawal of 730,000 vehicles from the roads.

Market leaders

The announcement is made in partnership with industry leaders in the agriculture and shipping sectors. Arla, Danish Crown and DLG are all part of the alliance and together they constitute a large part of the value chain of agriculture: dairy, meat and crop production. Project firms also include A. P. Moller – Maersk and DFDS, serving the maritime industry.

A Memorandum of Understanding was signed with CIP, in which the signatories pledge themselves to work on the development of the facility.

Next Gen infrastructure

Next generation clean energy infrastructure properties, such as P-t-X, have become appealing as investment opportunities on an industrial scale. This has been powered by dramatic technical developments, substantial declines in clean energy prices and a global energy transformation with the goal of reaching net zero businesses and economies.

As an industry visionary and world leader in renewable infrastructure investment, CIP is uniquely positioned to take advantage of this emerging market potential and has recently announced its new Energy Transition Fund to invest in P-t-X and other next generation renewable technologies. This encourages consumers to contribute, in addition to sustainable energy production, in the decarbonization of industries such as agriculture and transport.

Power-to-X to ensure CO2-free agriculture

New technologies, such as Power-to-X, are required for the decarbonization of agriculture and shipping. A substantial part of their business cannot be directly electrified. Fertilizers are important for the agricultural sector to sustain a high level of production. The output of ammonia amounts to about 1.4% of global CO2 emissions. The facility in Esbjerg has the capacity to replace all imported fertilizers based on fossil fuels in Denmark. One of the possible direct purchasers of CO2-free green ammonia is DLG, Europe’s largest farm supply firm.

Power-to-X to ensure CO2-free shipping

Moreover, the shipping industry still wants to replace the existing fossil fuels with renewable substitutes. Two of the signatories are business leaders in the maritime industry. One of them is A. P. Moller – Maersk, a multinational integrated container logistics corporation and operator of the world’s largest container fleet.


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