Hydrogen energyProject Yara Pilbara Renewable Ammonia Feasibility Study
This report details proceedings on the demonstration-scale renewable hydrogen and renewable ammonia production and export facility on the Burrup Peninsula, Western Australia.
YARA and ENGIE are seeking to develop a new type of industry by producing renewable hydrogen (H2) via renewable energy-powered electrolysis, commencing with onsite solar photovoltaic (PV). This renewable hydrogen will in turn be used as feedstock to produce ammonia (NH3) and support a potential future renewables-based ammonia production expansion in the Pilbara region of Western Australia.
The project has been named as YURI, and the project plan has a multi-phase (Phase 0-I-II-III) roadmap (YURI Roadmap) which aims to establish a new industry value chain, harvesting the abundant renewable power in Western Australia to make renewable hydrogen and ammonia as feedstock for renewable chemical production as well as renewable fuel for power generation and shipping, serving local and export markets (including Japan and broader Asia). Figure 1 shows that the YURI Roadmap offers a potential opportunity to deliver a significant commercial-scale industry within a decade.