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Técnicas Reunidas and Allied Methanol to develop an integrated methanol and ammonia plant in Australia

| By Mary Bailey

Técnicas Reunidas S.A. (TR; Madrid, Spain) and Allied Methanol Pty. Ltd. have signed an agreement to develop an integrated methanol and blue ammonia production plant in Darwin, in the Northern Territory, Australia. 

The plant configuration will enable carbon emissions to be reduced by half compared to traditional technologies. 

The agreement contemplates that Técnicas Reunidas will carry out the front-end engineering design (FEED) of the plant in the coming months, once the corresponding financing has been obtained. 

The development of the FEED, would put Técnicas Reunidas in a good position to continue with the following phases of the project execution, which includes detailed engineering, equipment and materials procurement and construction management.

Full execution of the project will be subject to the outcome of the FEED and the subsequent securing of the necessary financing and permits from Allied Methanol. The project will involve an investment of USD 800 million. 

The methanol and blue ammonia plants will use Haldor Topsoe technology and will have a name plate capacity of 1350 and 415 tons per day, respectively.  The plant is scheduled for commissioning in 2026.

The plant configuration will enable carbon emissions to be reduced by half compared to traditional technologies.

Methanol is an essential ingredient to produce hundreds of everyday consumer items. It is a clean and cost-competitive alternative to fuels. The main current application of blue ammonia is in the fertilizer industry, and it is expected to be used in shipping as a net zero- emission fuel alternative.

This project further consolidates Técnicas Reunidas’ commitment to establish itself as a global leader in energy transition markets, especially in relation to the hydrogen value chain, circular economy, bioproducts, carbon capture and recovery of critical materials.