JERA and Uniper cooperate on US low-carbon ammonia development


United States – JERA Americas and German Uniper have advanced their cooperation on the development of a low-carbon ammonia manufacturing facility along the US Gulf Coast by entering into a non-binding Heads of Agreement with ConocoPhillips for an ammonia sale to Uniper.

The announcement is based on an MOU that the parties agreed to in September 2022 to evaluate the possibility of establishing ammonia production facilities in the area. The project would initially be able to produce 2 MTPA of low-carbon ammonia, with the possibility of expanding in the future.

The production plant project, which will hasten the production and delivery of low-carbon fuel to markets in the US, Europe, Japan, and broader Asia, is being developed jointly by ConocoPhillips and JERA Americas (a wholly owned subsidiary of JERA).

Carbon capture and sequestration

Additionally, the project will assess and create carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) systems. With a goal of making first commercial deliveries by the end of the decade, the proposed ammonia production facility would generate hydrogen and transform it into pure ammonia for transportation to markets abroad.

In a separate announcement, Uniper said it intended to develop a “Green Wilhelmshaven” that would combine hydrogen production and imports to establish a common European hydrogen market. The company has already submitted the project as an Important Project of Common European Interest (IPCEI) to the German Federal Ministry of Economics. In order to advance integrated projects across the full hydrogen value chain, IPCEIs are designed to do so.