Under a NEDO contract, a consortium of Chiyoda Co., Mitsubishi Co., Mitsui & Co., and NYK Line Corporation, in collaboration with Brunei Darussalam, will pioneer the world’s first maritime hydrogen supply chain. By 2019, a hydrogenation plant will be completed in Brunei, and a dehydrogenation plant in Kawasaki. From 2020, methylcyclohexane, a liquid hydrogen carrier procured in Brunei, will be transported by sea to Japan. In the so-called SPERA process, hydrogen and toluene synthesised in Brunei are converted into methylcyclohexane, stored and transported, and converted into toluene and hydrogen in Japan, in order to supply hydrogen to customers as a gas.
NEDO news release, July 27, 2017