Grieg and Wärtsilä to build innovative green ammonia tanker

December 18, 2020

With government support worth NOK 46.3 million, a Norwegian alliance aims to build the world's first green ammonia-fueled tanker to transport green ammonia. On Friday December 18, the Norwegian financing plan Pilot-E confirmed that it will support the MS Green Ammonia project with NOK 46.3 million. Grieg Edge and Wärtsilä Norway jointly lead the project to launch the GHG-free tanker in 2024.

The Grieg Star Group established Grieg Edge as its innovation center a year ago. The MS Green ammonia project is his first big company. The project is the result of a Nordic industrial collaboration group initiated by Zeeds (Zero Emission Power Distribution at Sea).

"We see the funding of Pilot-E as a valuable seal of approval for our plans. Both Wärtsilä and we are confident that this project represents the future of the maritime sector. Having the support of the Norwegian Research and Innovation Council of Norway is a significant step towards completion."

Nicolai Grieg Director of Grieg Edge,

"This year's grants show that the Norwegian maritime industry is really at the forefront of developing emission-free solutions with great export potential. This is another great example of how we are creating a new green and growing industry in Norway,"

Iselin Nybø, Minister of Commerce and Industry in Pilot-E press release.

Letters of intent.

The partners plan to have MS Green Ammonia distribute green ammonia from the planned factory in Berlevåg to various locations and end users along the coast. The design, size and specific design are elements that depend on the market and the end users. However, the project has already established LOIs with several heavyweight industrial partners.

"We see great interest from owners of ferries, offshore supply vessels, fishing vessels and energy producing companies. In total, they require an amount of energy that exceeds what we can achieve in this project. The market It's there without a doubt."

Grieg Star Group Business Development Director, Vidar Lundberg.

The perfect setting

A prominent group of potential customers are owners of ships that use LNG as fuel today. Depending on the engine construction, they can mix ammonia into their LNG fuel - or easily adapt it to use only ammonia.

"Norway, with its high number of ships using LNG or alternative fuels, with large volumes of green energy, and the cheapest electricity in Europe, is probably the perfect setting for the world's first green ammonia market."

Grieg Star Group Business Development Director, Vidar Lundberg.

"We are in the midst of a transition to low-carbon shipping, and the long tradition we have in Norway of inter-industry corporation is vital for a successful implementation of a new green value chain. Through a fruitful collaboration, Wärtsilä has previously been involved in the application of LNG and hybrid systems, and fuel cells, and is excited to contribute to this important green ammonia demonstration project together with a forward-thinking shipowner like Grieg Edge and the others collaborating partners".

Cato Esperø, Sales Manager at Wärtsilä Norway.

With the MS Green Ammonia, Grieg Edge takes a vital step in his first project.

"I am proud to see that Grieg Edge has been selected to fulfill its mandate, exploring new industrial opportunities that move our society towards a natural carbon future. This work depends on great partnerships, and we saw a tremendous effect of this throughout the initiative Zeeds, which will now move into a commercial phase."

Matt Duke Managing Director of the Grieg Star Group


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