Egypt, Japanese giant Toyota to explore blue ammonia production

The Egyptian Ministry of Petroleum signed a memorandum of understanding with Japan’s Toyota Tsusho to assess the opportunities for producing blue ammonia in Egypt, Arab News reports citing Asharq.
The ministry in the statement said economic facilities studies and the best available opportunities in the petroleum sector will be carried out to implement projects for extracting and storing carbon dioxide to produce blue ammonia, using the latest Japanese technologies.
The Egyptian Natural Gas Holding Company (EGAS), the Egyptian Petrochemical Holding Company (ECHEM), and Toyota Tsusho Company will cooperate on the exploration of opportunities in the production of ammonia.
According to Argus Media; a privately held UK-registered company which produces price assessments and analysis of international energy and other commodity markets, Japan’s foreign minister Toshimitsu Motegi was recently in Egypt as part of a regional tour of countries that Tokyo sees as vital to its energy security.
Securing blue ammonia and hydrogen among other cleaner fuels are a key part of the Asian country’s efforts to decarbonize its society by 2050.
Blue ammonia is made of hydrogen, a gas that is seen as key to a global energy transition, given that only water vapor is emitted from it upon combustion. Converting hydrogen to ammonia makes it possible to charge it more easily.

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