Aug 10, 2016

NRG bids on 2.1GW of SunEdison’s renewable assets

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Bankrupt US renewables company SunEdison is seeking bankruptcy-court approval to sell a number of its North American projects to NRG Energy Inc.

Bankrupt US renewables company SunEdison is seeking bankruptcy-court approval to sell a number of its North American projects to NRG Energy Inc.

NRG, which is dual-headquartered in New Jersey and Houston, is said to have bid US $144 million for 2.1GW of solar and wind energy projects, subject to higher bids.

SunEdison officially filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in April and has since been seeking to liquidate its assets.

Projects for sale include 200MW of “construction ready” PV farms in Texas, interest in a structured partnership owning 683MW of near-completed projects in Utah and 1.25GW of wind and solar in various stages of development across the country.  

The value of NRG’s $144 million bid could rise as high as $188 million as SunEdison could still collect over $40 million as its projects progress.

The indebted renewables firm wants to declare NRG’s renewable power unit the lead bidder in a sale process that includes a 6 September deadline for bids, a 9 September auction and an approval hearing on 15 September.

Court documents indicate that NRG could receive a $4.5 million expense reimbursement and a $5.5 million breakup fee if another bidder ultimately wins the auction.

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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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