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Itochu's 'blue' ammonia from Canada to power Japan's green future

Large facility to produce 1m tons a year from natural gas

Itochu will build the new ammonia plant in an industrial zone in the Canadian province of Alberta. 

TOKYO -- Japanese trading house Itochu is set to begin commercial production of ammonia in Canada in 2026 at what is slated to be one of the world's largest manufacturing facilities for the clean-burning fuel.

Itochu has agreed to conduct a joint feasibility study with a Canadian subsidiary of Malaysian state energy company Petronas, as well as a local infrastructure company that builds gas pipelines. The $1.3 billion plant will manufacture ammonia from natural gas extracted from a field owned by the Petronas unit, making up to 1 million tons per year.

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