BP studies feasibility of new ammonia cracker in Germany to provide green hydrogen

24 January 2023 | Muriel Cozier

The company is set to repurpose oil and gas facilities to transport hydrogen.

BP is set to investigate the feasibility of building an industrial-scale ammonia cracker in Wilhelmshaven, Germany. Should the project go ahead, it is anticipated that by 2028, the facility would provide up to 130,000 tonnes/year of low-carbon hydrogen produced by splitting green ammonia.

The project will utilise the existing Nord-West Oelleitung (NWO) terminal infrastructure. In addition, existing oil and gas pipelines will be repurposed for hydrogen transport, allowing the green hydrogen to be moved to consumers in the Ruhr region and other areas.

BP said that the project would ‘create greater energy independence for our German customers across a range of low carbon energy products.’

Felipe Arbelaez, Senior Vice President Hydrogen and CCS at BP said: ‘The development of this important 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, Africa, and Australia, which could supply part of the European demand in coming years. This is another critical step in developing low carbon hydrogen in communities throughout the world.’

During December 2022, BP announced that it had signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Government of Egypt to explore the potential for establishing a green hydrogen facility in the country. Globally BP is working on a significant and growing portfolio of options for the development of green and blue hydrogen projects in what it calls ‘advantaged markets’ worldwide, including potential developments in the UK, the Netherlands, Germany, Spain, the Middle East, the US and Australia.

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