- A partnership that really matters.
Hegra is a joint initiative between Yara, Aker Clean Hydrogen and Statkraft. The main objective is to electrify the ammonia plant on Herøya. This measure alone will reduce co2 emissions by a whopping 800,000 tons every single year.
This will make Hegra a key contributor to Norway achieving its environmental commitments. Through the Paris agreement, we are obliged to significantly reduce our emissions of greenhouse gases. and we’re running out of time. We have committed to reducing emissions by 50% by 2030 compared to the level in 1990.
Agriculture and shipping are among the sectors that must achieve the greatest reductions in the shortest period of time. And this is where Hegra will play a big role.
GREEN AMMONIA CAN HELP MAKE GLOBAL FOOD PRODUCTION GREENER.
Ammonia from Herøya is currently primarily used for the production of fertilizers, which is then distributed around the globe. On completion of the electrolysis plant, everything will be in place for the production of green nitrogen fertilizers at Yara’s factories on Herøya, which are fully integrated with the ammonia plant.
As a result, the Hegra initiative will enable global food production to become more sustainable.
In fact, the Herøya plant will be the world’s first large-scale production facility for zero-emissions fertilizer, thereby contributing significantly to the development of environmentally friendly agriculture.
The three companies are bringing important expertise to the collaboration:
“Yara is the global leader in ammonia production, logistics and trade. We have the factories, knowledge and global infrastructure for storage, distribution and marketing. With Statkraft and Aker Horizons on the team, we benefit from valuable expertise in renewable energy, efficacy, the power market and Norwegian industrial development, offering us an unparalleled opportunity to carry through this initiative,” says Svein Tore Holsether, CEO of Yara.
Ships can use ammonia as an energy carrier in fuel cells or directly as liquid fuel in a combustion engine.
Access to green ammonia has the potential to turn the entire shipping industry across the globe emission-free.
The potential of green ammonia is even greater if zero-emission fuel is offered to the international shipping industry. Every day, ships around the world burn an entire 5.5 million barrels of heavy oil and diesel, producing an enormous amount of CO2 emissions in the process.
No less than 2% of total global emissions originate from shipping, with 80% originating from long-distance maritime transport.
Green ammonia is the best alternative available to reduce emissions in this sector. A number of pilot- and development projects are currently underway in Norway and elsewhere, with the objective of getting the first ammonia-powered vessels in the water within two to four years. Major shipping companies are also contributing to this development.
Other energy-intensive industries will also benefit from an emissions-free energy carrier like green ammonia.
“The hydrogen project on Herøya has the potential to create major ripple effects for the development of the entire hydrogen value chain in Norway, as well as for other supplier companies, similar to the impact of the Ekofisk oil field for the Norwegian oil and gas industry in the 1970s.”
Øyvind Eriksen, CEO of Aker ASA and Chairman of Aker Horizons
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