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Japan's ammonia push in Southeast Asia seen as aiding coal

Critics say co-firing approach is just 'Band-Aid' for fossil fuels

Coal barges in Samarinda, Indonesia. Coal and other fossil fuels generate the vast majority of electricity in Indonesia, Thailand and Singapore.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Japan bolstered cooperation with Indonesia, Thailand and Singapore on ammonia and hydrogen fuel under new agreements clinched by Japan's trade minster this week, but the approach has raised international criticism as helping coal power.

Japan aims to develop technology for ammonia-exclusive firing -- generating electricity using just ammonia -- by 2030, Japanese Economy, Trade and Industry Minister Koichi Hagiuda said at an online event Monday during his trip to Indonesia.

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