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Climate Change

Japanese oil refiners convert sites into next-generation energy hubs

Ammonia, hydrogen and sustainable aviation fuel being eyed by companies

Idemitsu Kosan will convert the Tokuyama Complex in Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan, into an ammonium intake terminal. (Photo courtesy of Idemitsu Kosan)

TOKYO -- Faced with declining gasoline demand and the need to adopt clean energy, Japan's largest petroleum companies are turning refineries and the sites of former refineries into facilities that handle next-generation fuels.

Idemitsu Kosan will convert a one-time refinery into an ammonia intake terminal by 2025 in a bid to turn idle equipment into revenue streams in the face of declining demand for gasoline.

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