World’s first shipment of blue ammonia leaves Saudi Arabia
The world’s first commercial shipment of blue ammonia has left the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) for South Korea, representing an accomplishment of its kind.
The consignment of blue ammonia is expected to reach South Korea between December 9 and 13. The Vessel Seasurfer carrying 25 kilometre-tons of low-carbon blue ammonia to the destination is part of a collaboration between Saudi Basic Industries Corporation Agri-Nutrients and Saudi Aramco.
Lotte Fine Chemical, a Korea-based company, will receive the low-carbon “cradle-to-gate” blue ammonia from the Kingdom. Abdulrahman Shamsaddin, CEO of the SABIC Agri-Nutrients, has said, “The shipment is another milestone in our journey toward carbon neutrality. It is also a new milestone in the development of decarbonisation solutions.”
Yong Suk Kim, the LFC CEO, reportedly said, “We are delighted to receive the world’s first certified blue ammonia cargo.” Yong Suk Kim expressed hope that the shipment would help to create the foundations for a global supply chain.
This year, SABIC Agri-Nutrients and Saudi Aramco received the world’s first independent certifications in the field of blue ammonia. The certification achievement recognised blue ammonia and blue hydrogen production from TUV Rheinland, a leading provider of technical services.
The shipment of blue ammonia and the certification are in line with Saudi Vision 2030, which aims to reduce Saudi Arabia’s dependence on oil and boost the economy of the country.
In recent years, the country has undertaken a massive economic diversification in line with Vision 2030. The country has also increased its efforts to create more jobs for youth. Under the Vision 2030 agenda, the Kingdom aims to promote non-oil sectors.
The Kingdom was ranked first in the labour force growth rate among the Group of 20 (G20) countries during the period of 2012 – 2021. The country was also ranked first in the region and third in the world for its digital government transformation in the World Bank’s GovTech Maturity Index (GTMI) for 2022.