The Slagen terminal at Slagentangen in the Oslofjord has a special place in Norwegian industrial history. Now, we are joining together complementary competencies with ExxonMobile, GreenH, and North Ammonia to look into developing a future energy industry in this location.
Earlier this month, the four partners signed a memorandum of understanding to study the potential production and distribution of green hydrogen and ammonia for lower-emission marine fuels at ExxonMobil’s Slagen terminal.
“Slagen is an exceptionally suitable location as a central hub for hydrogen and ammonia to the maritime sector,” says Matt Duke, CEO of Grieg Maritime Group. “With the complementary expertise amongst the MOU partners, we have taken an important next step in our efforts to achieve emissions reductions in the maritime sector.”
The study will explore the potential for the facility to produce up to 20,000 metric tons of green hydrogen per year and distribute up to 100,000 metric tons of green ammonia per year. The hydrogen would be produced from hydroelectricity-powered electrolysis, making it free of carbon emissions.
“Hydrogen has the potential to significantly reduce CO2 emissions in key sectors of the global economy that create valuable products that support modern life,” says Dan Ammann, president of ExxonMobil Low Carbon Solutions.
ExxonMobil brings its experience and expertise in developing complex, global projects to advance meaningful emissions reductions, such as the Slagen terminal opportunity. Together with GreenH and North Ammonia, we will provide expertise in sustainable maritime transport, hydrogen infrastructure, and green hydrogen and ammonia project development.
“There is high value in producing green hydrogen close to where consumption is,” said Morten S. Watle, CEO of GreenH. “At Slagen, we can offer bunkering of hydrogen straight from the production facility.” The Slagen terminal sits at the opening of the Oslofjord, where more than 10.000 ships pass through every year.
“This MOU underlines our strategy to make ammonia available where there is market demand,” said Vidar Lundberg. Being the Chief Business Development Officer of Grieg Maritime Group, he also acts as CEO of North Ammonia. “We will also assess the potential distribution of ammonia from production facilities south of Slagen.”
VP Shared Services, Eli Vassenden, spoke on behalf of Grieg Star during an IEAE round-table conference last Thursday – as one of the very few representatives from the private sector.