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TotalEnergies has entered into a memorandum of understanding with 22 companies, including MAN Energy Solutions, Trafigura and Vopak Terminal Singapore, across a range of industries to initiate a joint study on ammonia as an alternative marine fuel.

The industries include energy, mining, power utility, chemical, terminal, shipping, shipbuilding, manufacturing, bunkering and classification society.

The joint study framework will address common cross-industry challenges that need to be overcome for ammonia to contribute to the decarbonisation of the shipping industry, including the safety assessment of an ammonia-fuelled ship and ammonia bunkering, ammonia fuel specification and the net carbon emissions from ammonia production.

As previously reported, TotalEnergies has also recently embarked on a joint project with other maritime industry leaders, through the Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping, to assess the technical, financial and environmental potential of converting existing vessels to future fuel solutions and technology, such as ammonia.

Furthermore, since 2019, TotalEnergies says its membership in the Ammonia Energy Association has enabled the company to deepen its investigation of ammonia within its portfolio of clean energy technologies.

‘Ammonia is seen as a promising future fuel for shipping from an emissions reduction and scalability perspective. However, safety, technology maturity and affordability remain key challenges which we need to overcome,’ said Jérôme Leprince-Ringuet, Vice President Marine Fuels at TotalEnergies.

‘In tandem with TotalEnergies’ R&D efforts, we are delighted to be part of these pioneering, industry-wide collaborations, to unlock ammonia as a cleaner marine fuel for ships.’

The 23 founding signatories of the joint study:

·        ABS

·        Anglo American

·        ClassNK

·        DNV

·        Equinor

·        Fortescue Metals Group

·        Genco Shipping & Trading

·        Itochu Enex

·        Itochu

·        Jera

·        K-Line

·        MAN Energy Solutions

·        Mitsui E&S Machinery

·        Nihon Shipyard

·        NS United

·        Pavilion Energy

·        TotalEnergies

·        Trafigura

·        Ube Industries

·        Uniper SE

·        Uyeno Transtech

·        Vale

·        Vopak Terminal Singapore



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