ENEOS, JERA, & JFE to study H2, NH3 supply chains

ENEOS Corporation (ENEOS), JERA Co., Inc. (JERA), and JFE Holdings, Inc. (JFE) have concluded a memorandum of understanding and begun to discuss in detail the possibility of establishing hydrogen and ammonia receiving and supply base and developing a supply project at the Keihin Waterfront Area in Kanagawa Prefecture.

Technological development is underway for the practical use of hydrogen and ammonia as next-generation clean fuels that do not emit CO2 during combustion. Given an assumption of large-scale consumption of hydrogen and ammonia at power plants and industrial areas, it is essential to develop large-scale receiving and supply bases near high-demand areas.

At the Keihin Waterfront Area, located in the center of the Kanto region where energy demand is large, ENEOS owns refineries and a plant, JERA owns thermal power plants and an LNG receiving terminal, and the main business area of both companies is an energy supply. In addition, JFE is working with Kawasaki City to devise options for repurposing land at the company’s East Japan Works, where blast furnace and other facility operations will be suspended, and also deep-water wharves capable of docking large ships on Ogishima island and adjacent inland areas.

The three companies have decided to consider utilizing their business foundations in this area to collaborate on the following aspects of the hydrogen and ammonia supply business: Establishment of hydrogen and ammonia receiving and supply base; Development of a hydrogen and ammonia supply network; and Considering hydrogen and ammonia suppliers, transportation carriers, and transportation methods.

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