This week in energy: the rise of US LNG, 100% ammonia burn and a milestone for carbon capture

Each Friday, the Asia Natural Gas and Energy Association (ANGEA) compiles stories from the energy world that have caught our eye over the course of the week.

Given the region in which we operate – and our purpose – this collection of content is largely Asia-focussed. But we also look further afield, knowing that developments, trends and technology from around the world also have an impact across our region.

Here’s what’s resonated over the past fortnight…

The rise of US LNG…and its global reach
War in the Ukraine has had many profound impacts – not least from an energy security and supply perspective. With Russian gas no longer being piped into Europe, US LNG has stepped up to fill the void and that brings with it both challenges and opportunities.

This in-depth feature from the Center for Strategic and International Studies not only makes some strong policy points but contains some compelling visual storytelling. Well worth investing some weekend reading time.

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JERA to lead study into Thailand power decarbonisation
An important development in Thailand, where ANGEA member company JERA will – through its subsidiary JERA Asia Pte – lead a study on decarbonisation options for the Electricity Generating PLC (in turn a subsidiary of state-owned Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand).

The study will focus on the potential use of hydrogen and ammonia in electricity generation and also the future role of carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS). Thailand has committed to being carbon neutral by 2050.

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Ammonia power demonstration at Singapore port
In line with the above, ANGEA members are strongly invested in the possibilities ammonia and hydrogen offer as power generation fuels and this planned demonstration plant is an important step forward in that space.

JERA and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries will partner together to build the plant at Singapore’s Jurong Port, which houses many chemical and energy industries. The facility will burn 100 per cent ammonia, produced from hydrogen.

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Japan, US and Australia to provide support to Vietnam
One of ANGEA’s key ambitions is to encourage country-to-country collaboration on energy and decarbonisation challenges – so it’s a positive to see Japan, US and Australia pledge their commitment to help Vietnam decarbonise.

The assistance includes helping Vietnam move from coal-fired power to LNG and to adopt more renewable energy. Vietnam is one of the fastest-growing economies across Asia.

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Carbon capture test for Thailand cement production
The cement industry is among the hardest to abate so it’s very encouraging to see carbon capture, utilisation and storage emerging as an option for decarbonisation.

Thailand’s biggest building materials company, Siam Cement Group, will partner with Nippon Steel to investigate CCUS technology that will not only capture emissions from factories but also convert them to methane that can be used as an alternative fuel to coal.

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Big step forward for carbon capture
Exciting news from Iceland where Swiss company Climeworks say it has successfully removed carbon dioxide directly from the air and injected into the ground – and had the process independently verified.

The verification was recorded by DNV and the likes of Microsoft, Stripe and Shopify have all bought future carbon removal services from Climeworks. While there has been growing interest in direct-from-air carbon capture, this marks the first time a successful process has been recorded in this way.

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Oxford study underlines importance of carbon capture to climate ambitions
A new study from Oxford University is another reminder that carbon capture, utilisation and storage is going to be a key foundation of the road towards net zero.

The report notes that CCUS won’t be a standalone ‘silver bullet’  but significant investment is needed in the technology if global temperatures are to be restricted and reduced.

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Singapore set to roll out more solar-topped buses

Successful energy transition in Asia is going to come in a variety of shapes, sizes and increments and take a good deal of innovative thinking.

Solar-topped buses being trialled in Singapore are just one example of this. The novel step is expected to cut 200 tonnes of annual emissions for operator Go-Ahead Singapore while it plans a move towards a fully electric bus fleet.

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