South Korea sets targets for hydrogen & ammonia power generation
Byon November 24, 2021
South Korea’s Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy (MOTIE) announced ammonia coal co-combustion will be operational in over half the country’s coal-fired power generating units by 2030 (Korean language). The government has already set a target of 13.8 – 21.5% of national output coming from hydrogen & ammonia-fed gas turbines by 2050 (the 2050 Carbon Neutrality Roadmap was approved in October). To help drive the required commercialisation & technology deployment, MOTIE, KEPCO and other Korean power utilities will collaborate in a ‘Hydrogen and Ammonia Power Generation Demonstration Promotion Group’.
The Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy is promoting ammonia and hydrogen power generation in earnest.
Commercialization of ammonia co-fired (20%) power generation by 2030 and hydrogen co-firing (30% or more) power generation by 2035 [will replace] coal power generation and liquefied natural gas (LNG) power generation to dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions…
In the case of [hydrogen co-firing], 50% of the 150MW class co-firing demonstration [will be] completed by 2028, and more than 30% co-firing [will be] commercialized by 2035, and 30-100% co-firing or total burning is targeted in 2040.
Ammonia power generation also plans to complete 20% co-fired demonstration by 2027, and to apply and commercialize 20% co-fired power generation to more than half (24 units) of all coal power plants (43 units) by 2030.Generate electricity from carbon-free fuels hydrogen and ammonia!, MOTIE, 16 Nov 2021 (translated from Korean)
GS Energy joins ADNOC’s blue ammonia project in Al Ruwais
South Korean oil & gas major GS Energy announced this week is will join ADNOC and Japan-based Mitsui & Co. to develop the million tonne per year blue ammonia project in Al Ruwais, UAE. The new partnership not only accelerates development of hydrogen & ammonia supply chains between the Middle East and Asia, but also means GS Energy and Mitsui & Co. will commit to off take “significant” volumes of blue ammonia for energy and industrial applications in Korea and Japan. The new agreement is a step up from GS Energy and ADNOC’s exploratory partnership agreement signed back in March.