183,000 tonnes per year green ammonia in Morocco
Byon July 20, 2021
The HEVO project
Fusion Fuel will develop the $850 million HEVO Ammonia Morocco project in Rabat. Feasibility studies will be conducted throughout 2022, with the fully commissioned plant to produce 183,000 tonnes of green ammonia annually.
At the project launch, Fusion Fuel’s Business Development Manager Joao Wahnon set out expectations for the scaling of production capacity: 2,659 tons of green ammonia produced in 2022, 20,000 tons in 2023, 40,000 tons in 2024, and 60,000 tons in both 2025 and 2026. A date for reaching full production capacity was not given.
Engineering and off-take partners locked in
Fusion Fuel has already secured a partnership with US-based engineering firm Consolidated Contractors Company (CCC) to handle logistics, infrastructure, transportation, and security for the plant. Vitol, a global commodity trader, has been secured as the off taker for green ammonia product. And although Moroccan Energy Minister Aziz Rabbah suggests the green ammonia product from HEVO could potentially replace current ammonia imports (see quote below), all indications are the project will be export-focused. Speaking to local press at the project launch, CCC scientific advisor Mohammed Cherkaoui suggested that the plant’s production will be exclusively exported to Europe.
Morocco is the largest producer of phosphate in the world, but because it has limited domestic ammonia production, it has had to rely on imported ammonia to produce fertilizer, one of Morocco’s key industries. The ability to use our abundant solar and wind resources to produce carbon-free, green ammonia presents a strategic opportunity for Morocco to play a leading role in the decarbonized global economy. Thanks to the leadership of His Majesty the King Mohammed VI, we believe this ambitious project will be the cornerstone of Morocco’s hydrogen strategy and will establish Morocco as a major exporter of ammonia to international markets.Aziz Rabbah, the Moroccan Minister of Energy, Mines and Environment in the project press release, 14 July 2021