CF Industries to produce green hydrogen and ammonia in Louisiana; inks deal with thyssenkrupp

CF Industries has unveiled plans for a 20MW alkaline water electrolysis plant that will produce green hydrogen at its Donaldsonville, Louisiana, manufacturing complex.

Sharing the news on Wednesday (21st April), the US-based company said it will integrate the produced hydrogen into existing ammonia synthesis loops to enable production of 20,000 tonnes of green ammonia a year.

Construction and installation are expected to begin in the second half of 2021. It is hoped the project will be completed in 2023, when it will then be one of the largest of its type in North America.

German steelmaker thyssenkrupp will develop the alkaline water electrolyser. CF Industries and thyssenkrupp have inked an engineering and procurement contract for the effort.

“Today we launch a new era for CF Industries as we sign a definitive agreement to develop the first commercial-scale green ammonia project in North America,” said Tony Will, President and CEO of CF Industries Holdings.

“This project highlights the competitive advantage our world class ammonia production network offers to industries sourcing carbon-free energy and reinforces our commitment to make significant progress in reducing our carbon footprint by 2030.”

“We are pleased to partner with thyssenkrupp on our first green ammonia project at our Donaldsonville facility,” added Ashraf Malik, Senior Vice-President of Manufacturing and Distribution at CF Industries Holdings.

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