May 17, 2020

Indonesia Geothermal Investment to Soar Thanks to Tax Incentives

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Indonesian Goethermal Power Plant
Indonesia boasts roughly 40 percent of the worlds total geothermal energy potential. But of the 28,543 Megawatts of geothermal energy potential at the c...
Indonesia boasts roughly 40 percent of the world’s total geothermal energy potential. But of the 28,543 Megawatts of geothermal energy potential at the country’s disposal, only 1,189 MW are currently being utilized. That’s all about to change now that the Indonesian government has announced tax incentives for renewable energy projects throughout the island nation in response to the country’s electricity growth rate of 7 percent per year.

“The Indonesian government is therefore offering tax incentives for renewable energy project developers. They have also signed a major memorandum of understanding with General Electric for several joint renewable energy development projects,” said Frost & Sullivan’s Asia Pacific energy and power practice program manager Suchitra Sriram.

Indonesia is currently on track to build 43 new geothermal-fired power plants by 2014. This should be of great interest to any and all power players in the geothermal sector. It was just last year in 2010 that Indonesia hosted the world’s largest geothermal conference, making more than $5 billion in geothermal business deals. The country is planning to become the world’s largest user of geothermal energy, with a target production 4,000 MW within the next four years and 9,000 MW by 2025. Companies with a vested interest in Indonesian geothermal reserves include Suez International Energy, Chevron, Star Energy, and Iceland’s Reykjavik Energy Invest.

Source: Frost & Sullivan

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Jun 7, 2021

Trafigura and Yara International explore clean ammonia usage

Dominic Ellis
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Commodity trading company Trafigura and Yara International sign MoU to explore developing ammonia as a clean fuel in shipping

Independent commodity trading company Trafigura and Yara International have signed an MoU to explore developing ammonia as a clean fuel in shipping and ammonia fuel infrastructure.

Reducing shipping emissions is a vital component of the fight against global climate change, yet Greenhouse Gas emissions from the global maritime sector are increasing - and at odds with the IMO's strategy to cut absolute emissions by at least 50% by 2050. 

How more than 70,000 ships can decrease their reliance on carbon-based sources is one of transport's most pressing decarbonisation challenges.

Yara and Trafigura intend to collaborate on initiatives that will establish themselves in the clean ammonia value chain. Under the MoU announced today, Trafigura and Yara intend to work together in the following areas:

  • The supply of clean ammonia by Yara to Trafigura Group companies
  • Exploration of joint R&D initiatives for clean ammonia application as a marine fuel
  • Development of new clean ammonia assets including marine fuel infrastructure and market opportunities

Magnus Krogh Ankarstrand, President of Yara Clean Ammonia, said the agreement is a good example of cross-industry collaboration to develop and promote zero-emission fuel in the form of clean ammonia for the shipping industry. "Building clean ammonia value chains is critical to facilitate the transition to zero emission fuels by enabling the hydrogen economy – not least within trade and distribution where both Yara and Trafigura have leading capabilities. Demand and supply of clean ammonia need to be developed in tandem," he said.  

There is a growing consensus that hydrogen-based fuels will ultimately be the shipping fuels of the future, but clear and comprehensive regulation is essential, according to Jose Maria Larocca, Executive Director and Co-Head of Oil Trading for Trafigura.

Ammonia has a number of properties that require "further investigation," according to Wartsila. "It ignites and burns poorly compared to other fuels and is toxic and corrosive, making safe handling and storage important. Burning ammonia could also lead to higher NOx emissions unless controlled either by aftertreatment or by optimising the combustion process," it notes.

Trafigura has co-sponsored the R&D of MAN Energy Solutions’ ammonia-fuelled engine for maritime vessels, has performed in-depth studies of transport fuels with reduced greenhouse gas emissions, and has published a white paper on the need for a global carbon levy for shipping fuels to be introduced by International Maritime Organization.

Oslo-based Yara produces roughly 8.5 million tonnes of ammonia annually and employs a fleet of 11 ammonia carriers, including 5 fully owned ships, and owns 18 marine ammonia terminals with 580 kt of storage capacity – enabling it to produce and deliver ammonia across the globe.

It recently established a new clean ammonia unit to capture growth opportunities in emission-free fuel for shipping and power, carbon-free fertilizer and ammonia for industrial applications.

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