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Announcing the Launch of a Joint Study with NYK Line and Resonac Aimed at Achieving the World’s First-Ever Supply of Fuel Ammonia to Ships 2023/12/13

JERA Co., Inc has concluded a joint study agreement with NYK Line and Resonac aimed at achieving the world’s first-ever supply of fuel ammonia to ships. 

Committed to the JERA Zero CO2 Emissions 2050 objective, we are taking on the challenge of building a hydrogen and ammonia supply chain as part of reaching net zero CO2 emissions from domestic and international operations by 2050. This joint study aimed at supplying fuel ammonia to ships is the first example of a decarbonization solution that reaches beyond the power generation sector toward use in other industrial sectors (multi-purpose).
Using ammonia, which emits no CO2 when burned, as ship fuel enables a significant reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions over conventional fuels while at sea. We believe this will make a substantial contribution to achieving zero-emission shipping in the future.


Ammonia-Fueled Tugboat

The agreement provides for a joint study by the three companies aimed at achieving the supply of fuel ammonia to a tugboat with a domestically produced ammonia-fueled engine being researched and developed by NYK Line as a Green Innovation Fund*1 project under Japan’s New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO).

Specific areas for joint study:
•    Establishment of safe operational methods for supplying fuel ammonia
•    Development of systems for transporting fuel ammonia to port areas and receiving it there 
•    Engagement with related organizations to formulate rules regarding the supply of marine fuel ammonia

We believe this first-in-the-world initiative to supply fuel to a ship equipped with an ammonia-fueled engine will, though the joint study, make a significant contribution to the promotion and adoption of fuel ammonia in the shipping sector. 

Ammonia and Hydrogen Supply Chain (Multi-Purpose Image)


Overview of Each Company
NYK Line
Headquarters:    Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Representative:    Takaya SOGA, President

Headquarters:    Minato-ku, Tokyo
Representative:    Hidehito TAKAHASHI, President and CEO

JERA Co., Inc.
Headquarters:    Chūō-ku, Tokyo
Representatives:    Yukio KANI, Global CEO and Chair
          Hisahide OKUDA, President, CEO and COO


*1    Green Innovation Fund
To significantly accelerate structural transformation in the energy and industrial sectors, innovation through bold investment, and other ongoing efforts to achieve carbon neutrality by 2025, this two-trillion-yen fund was established at NEDO to provide sustained support, lasting up to ten years, for activities ranging from R&D through feasibility testing and social implementation that are undertaken by companies and other entities committed to ambitious, concrete goals shared by the public and private sectors. Support is directed primarily to the fourteen priority sectors for which action plans were drawn up under the Green Growth Strategy. For further details about this NEDO project, please refer to the following URL:Next-Generation Ship Development.