March 6, 2023 [TheBusinessDesk] – Plans have been unveiled for a major import terminal on the River Mersey linked to the development of the region’s burgeoning hydrogen industry.
Stanlow Terminals, which is owned by oil refinery operator Essar Oil UK, is to develop a major new facility for green ammonia at its existing Tranmere terminal.
It will provide the connecting infrastructure to enable significant volumes of green ammonia to be imported into the UK.
Last month, Essar announced it is to invest £2.01bn in the Stanlow refinery across hydrogen, green ammonia and biofuels to make the North West a “leading post-carbon industrial cluster”.
Green ammonia is a highly effective liquid carrier of hydrogen, which allows for the safe and cost-efficient transport of green hydrogen at scale. The new terminal will enable the import and storage of more than one million tonnes per year of green ammonia for onwards distribution into the UK or conversion back to green hydrogen for supply to the North West’s industrial customers.
The new terminal contributes to Essar’s ambition to be a major hub of low carbon energy innovation and a leader in production globally.
The green hydrogen produced will be used by a wide range of industries in the region, including as a sustainable fuel for marine shipping and to help decarbonise energy usage, contributing significantly to the UK’s net zero ambitions.
Green ammonia is a crucial component in the development of the global hydrogen economy and is expected to develop into one of the world’s major sustainable energy commodities.
Once operational, the new terminal will put Stanlow Terminals at the heart of the global hydrogen energy market, with ready access to large scale international green ammonia imports.
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