Japanese trading house ITOCHU Corp. announced plans to explore commercial production of ammonia in Alberta’s Industrial Heartland. The project being explored is slated to be one of the world’s largest manufacturing facilities for the clean-burning fuel and represents a $1.6 billion CDN investment into our region. This interest reinforces to the world that Alberta’s Industrial Heartland is one of the most attractive locations for hydrogen, ammonia and other downstream petrochemical production opportunities and is further recognition that Alberta stands ready to contribute to lowering global emissions and lead the world’s energy transition.
The project, if approved, will see ammonia shipped to Japan, helping to bring the coal-reliant country a step closer to meeting its emissions-cutting goals. Ammonia generates no carbon dioxide when burned and can be blended with coal to reduce emissions at fossil-fuel power plants.