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OSLO: Norwegian fertilizer producer Yara International has completed the maiden voyage of its first electric-powered container ship Yara Birkeland as part of a two-year, NOK133.5 million programme to certify it as an autonomous vessel.

Yara has also begun the development of green ammonia as an emission-free fuel for shipping according to Magnus Krogh Ankarstrand, CEO of Yara Clean Ammonia (YCA).

Supported by 17 production units, 11 ships and 18 ammonia terminals worldwide, YCA expects both blue and green gas forms to become a next-generation fuel.

Blue ammonia is derived from blue hydrogen, produced via natural gas with the resultant CO2 stored in permanent reservoirs after a carbon capture. Green ammonia is produced carbon-free by using green hydrogen based upon renewable energy.

"As the world's largest producer of ammonia, Yara has launched an offensive plan of international scale, both to remove current emissions and to establish the production of new, clean ammonia," commented Ankarstrand.

Global ammonia production represents two percent of the world's fossil energy consumption or 1.2 percent of the world's total greenhouse gas emissions.

The new vessel will carry mineral fertilizer produced at Yara’s Porsgrunn plant via the Norwegian ports of Brevik and Larvik – replacing 40,000 trucks and cutting CO2 emissions by 1,000 tonnes a year.

At COP26 this month Yara announced it was joining the First Movers Coalition to create early markets for technologies needed to achieve net-zero by 2050.

The International Energy Agency says roughly half of the reductions to reach net-zero emissions must come from technologies that are not yet available commercially. So the Coalition will focus on eight sectors: steel, trucking, shipping, aviation, cement, aluminum, chemicals and direct air capture.

In addition to Yara, the coalition founding members are A.P. Møller – Mærsk, Aker ASA, Agility, Airbus, Amazon, Apple, Bain & Company, Bank of America, Boston Consulting Group, Boeing, Cemex, Dalmia Cement (Bharat) Limited, Delta Air Lines, Deutsche Post DHL Group, ENGIE, Fortescue Metals Group, Holcim, Invenergy, Johnson Controls, Mahindra Group, Nokia, Ørsted, ReNew Power, Salesforce, Scania, SSAB, Trafigura, Trane Technologies, United Airlines, Vattenfall, Volvo Group, Western Digital and ZF Friedrichshafen AG.

Yara Birkeland is the result of a collaboration between marine engineering and construction group Vard, Norwegian government-backed fund Enova and technology supplied by the Kongsberg Group in a joint venture with Wilhelmsen.
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