According to Japan’s “Sixth Basic Energy Plan” of October 2021 hydrogen and ammonia power generation is expected to account for about 1% of Japan’s power mix in FY2030.
Following this target, NEDO and INPEX Corp. will construct a “blue ammonia” facility at the INPEX Higashi-Kashiwazaki gas field in Kashiwazaki City, Niigata Prefecture. A demonstration plant there will produce 700 tons/year of blue hydrogen from natural gas, and 500 tons/year of blue ammonia. The excess hydrogen will be used for power generation. The CO2 produced as a byproduct will be injected underground into reservoirs following CCUS procedures, in collaboration with the Japan Energy, Metals and Minerals Corporation.
The project period is FY2022 – FY2025, and grant scale for FY2022 is 498 million yen (3.4 million €).