BP to assess feasibility of ammonia cracker in Wilhelmshaven, Germany

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BP has revealed plans to assess the feasibility of the construction of an industrial-scale ammonia cracker and utilize repurposed oil/gas facilities to transport hydrogen in Germany.

To be situated in Wilhelmshaven, the ammonia cracker is projected to manufacture 130,000 tons per year of low-carbon hydrogen from green ammonia, beginning in 2028.

The ammonia cracker converts the green ammonia into green hydrogen by breaking the larger molecule into its smaller nitrogen and hydrogen components, which can then be used directly, according to bp.

In addition, BP anticipates to utilize the existing oil and gas pipelines of the Nord-West Oelleitung (NWO) terminal at Wilhelmshaven, of which the company is a participating shareholder.

The new terminal is anticipated to help BP import ammonia to Germany from the company’s hydrogen projects globally.

BP to assess feasibility of ammonia cracker in Wilhelmshaven, Germany

BP to assess feasibility of ammonia cracker in Wilhelmshaven, Germany. Photo courtesy of BP p.l.c.

Patrick Wendeler — BP Europa SE chief executive said: “This development would help create greater energy for our German customers across a range of low carbon energy products.

“Wilhelmshaven has a proud energy history, and we hope this hydrogen hub can help carve out its chapter and help Germany meet its energy transition goals.”

BP said Wilhelmshaven with its deep-water harbour and pipeline system, is well positioned to support energy transition activities.

Felipe Arbelaez — BP Hydrogen and CCS senior vice president said: “The development of this import facility complements bp’s global hydrogen project portfolio, as we develop a presence in a number of potential hydrogen and ammonia export locations in the Middle East, and Australia, which could supply part of the European demand in the coming years.

“This is another critical step in developing and delivering low carbon hydrogen in communities throughout the world.”

The proposed project follows BP’s H2 Nukleus and Lingen Green Hydrogen concepts to help Germany cut carbon emissions in energy-intensive industries such as steel and chemicals production.

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