Mitsui Signs Agreement to Participate in Renewable Hydrogen Project in Western Australia

Sep. 16, 2022

Mitsui & Co., Ltd. ("Mitsui", Head Office: Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, President and CEO: Kenichi Hori) signed a share purchase agreement on September 2nd, 2022 to acquire a 28% interest in the Yuri project, the industrial-scale renewable hydrogen projects, in the Pilbara region of Western Australia, by acquiring the said interest in the project, currently held by an Australian project company, which is wholly owned by a subsidiary of French energy major Engie S.A. ("Engie"), subject to the satisfaction of certain conditions under the investment agreement.

A joint venture between Engie and Mitsui will deploy a 10 MW electrolyzer powered by 18 MW of solar PV to generate and supply renewable hydrogen for an existing ammonia production facility owned by Yara Pilbara Fertiliser Pty Ltd ("YPF"), a wholly owned subsidiary of Yara International ASA, one of the largest producers of nitrogen-based mineral fertilizers on the globe. The Yuri project aims to complete its construction and start its production in 2024. YPF will use the renewable hydrogen as a zero-carbon feedstock for ammonia production.

Renewable hydrogen, which is produced from renewable energy, will play a pivotal role in industrial decarbonization and has significant potential as a clean energy source, as renewable hydrogen emits no CO2 in the production and burning process and can be used in various industries.

The Yuri project plans to obtain the support of the Australian Government through an AU$47.5 million grant from Australian Renewable Energy Agency's Renewable Hydrogen Deployment Funding Program and an AU$2 million grant from the Western Australian government.

Mitsui has set a goal of achieving net-zero emissions as its vision for 2050 and aims to halve its greenhouse gas ("GHG") impact by 2030 compared to the level of the fiscal year ended March 2020. Through the Yuri project, which supplies green hydrogen to existing ammonia plants, Mitsui will contribute to accelerating the upscale of the hydrogen industry in Australia and acquire knowledge and experience in project design related to the development and operation of renewable hydrogen production projects and hydrogen supply for industry. Furthermore, Mitsui will continue working toward the realization of a carbon neutral society and the creation of a society in harmony with the environment through its GHG reduction initiatives, including the Yuri project.

Company Profile

Official name Engie S.A.
Head Office Location France
Established 2008
Representative Catherine MacGregor
Number of employees 101,500
Business Activities Power generation and supply of electricity and gas, etc.

Official name Yara International ASA
Head Office Location Norway
Established 1905
Representative Svein Tore Holsether
Number of employees 17,000
Business Activities Manufacture and sale of nitrogen fertilizers, etc.

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