Vopak Singapore Mulls Ammonia Storage Expansion

26.10.2022 - Vopak Singapore is considering expanding its ammonia infrastructure in response to growing demand for sustainable energy. The expansion at its Banyan terminal would include full import and export capabilities for low-carbon power generation and bunker fuels.

Vopak has recently completely the project’s conceptual design and has started the quantitative risk assessment study. The expansion remains subject to a final investment decision.

The terminal operator currently owns and operates a refrigerated ammonia tank with capacity of 10,000 m3 at the terminal on Jurong Island, which supports petrochemical activities in Singapore.

“We have the right expertise and are at the right location to facilitate new supply chains for low carbon ammonia. We do see a strong potential in Singapore that supports the momentum of developing ammonia ready infrastructure ahead of other locations,” said Rob Boudestijn, managing director of Vopak Terminals Singapore.

In the Netherlands, Vopak is currently developing an import terminal for green ammonia as a hydrogen carrier in the port of Rotterdam and is preparing for ammonia storage at its gas terminal in Vlissingen.

Ammonia is considered as one of the carbon neutral fuels that can facilitate decarbonization of the maritime sector and one of the most efficient ways to store and transport hydrogen. Depending on technology implementation, ammonia can also be considered for power generation.

Author: Elaine Burridge, Freelance Journalist