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Saudi Aramco bets on ammonia-hydrogen business with Japan

Oil giant to use natural gas and carbon capture to burnish green credentials

Saudi Aramco and Japanese companies including Mitsubishi Corp. and JGC took part in a demonstration project that shipped "emissions-free" ammonia to Japan last year.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- As Japanese companies look to build a supply chain to import clean energy rather than fossil fuels, Saudi Arabia is a promising partner. The oil-rich kingdom is now trying to take the lead in supplying hydrogen-based products as the world shifts to low-carbon energy sources.     

Rather than hydrogen itself, state-owned oil company Saudi Aramco is keen to export ammonia, a compound of hydrogen and nitrogen that can be burned in power stations without emitting carbon dioxide. The company can separate hydrogen from natural gas to produce ammonia, capturing the carbon dioxide emitted in the process. 

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