Wartsila & Grieg to Build Green Ammonia Tanker
The technology group Wartsila and Grieg Edge, the innovation hub of Norwegian shipping group Grieg Star, are jointly running a project to launch an ammonia fuelled tanker producing no greenhouse gas emissions by 2024. The MS Green Ammonia project is the result of a Nordic industrial collaboration group founded from the Zeeds, Zero Emissions Energy Distribution at Sea, initiative. Pilot-E, the Norwegian funding scheme will support the project with a NOK 46.3 million (EUR 4.4million) grant.
The partners plan to have MS Green Ammonia distribute green ammonia from a planned factory in Berlevag, Norway to various locations and end users along the coast. The eventual design, size, and volume of the vessel will be dependent on the market and end-user interest. However, the project has already established Letters of Intent with several heavyweight industrial partners.
Ship owners operating LNG-fuelled vessels represent a significant source of potential customers. Depending on the engine type, ammonia could be mixed with the LNG, or alternatively, the engine could be easily retrofitted to use only ammonia.