GREEN HYDROGEN TO AMMONIA PROJECT
A PIONEERING PROJECT HARNESSING OUR NATURAL WIND RESOURCES IN TARANAKI
Hiringa Energy and
Ballance Agri-Nutrients have formed a joint venture partnership to create a renewable hydrogen hub right here
in South Taranaki.
Developed locally, the $70million showcase project of Taranaki's new energy future will be based at Ballance's Kapuni plant.
The project will provide a zero emission green hydrogen supply to replace imported diesel used for heavy transport.
Another important benefit of the project is the displacement of imported fertiliser. Currently over two thirds of the urea used for agriculture in New Zealand is imported. This imported urea is made from fossil fuels and has high GHG emissions footprint. Green hydrogen supplied to the Kapuni plant will be used to produce ammonia for fertiliser, eliminating these emissions.
This innovative project has a planned construction of 4 new wind turbines
to supply 100% renewable electricity directly to Ballance's Kapuni site and electricity to the grid.
Electricity will also be used to produce green hydrogen that can be made at flexible times so electricity can be provided to the gird during peak times and hydrogen produced during off peak times.
The project is currently in the consenting process.
We have been working with the community and stakeholders to determine the best siting and location for the new turbines.
The Project Team at Hiringa Energy and Ballance Agri-Nutrients have been engaging with local Hapu and members of our community to outline the project and seek input around how together, we can progress this exciting opportunity for the region and New Zealand.
This website is where all progress updates and announcements can be found throughout the project's development.
Approximately 60% of New Zealand’s energy needs are currently met by fossil fuels. Hence the development of new renewable hydrogen projects across New Zealand will play a critical role in decarbonisation with significant potential impact on economic activity. New Zealand has committed to net zero carbon emissions by 2050 and green hydrogen is key to decarbonizing difficult sectors such as commercial and heavy transport and industrial chemicals.
This project will be the first project in New Zealand to couple wind generation integration with hydrogen production, creating new technical capability and new skilled jobs and opportunities in New Zealand
for green hydrogen production. This project uses renewable electricity created from wind generation, to power electrolysers which will separate the hydrogen and oxygen from water (a process called electrolysis). The hydrogen created using this renewable means is called 'green hydrogen' and creates no harmful emissions in the process.
This project leverages the existing infrastructure and skills at the Kapuni production plant to produce green hydrogen at commercial scale, reducing sector GHG emissions, and reduces imported high emission urea while demand builds in the transport sector. This world-class project will demonstrate New Zealand's capability and leadership in the de-carbonisation of industry and transport.
New wind generation near the Kapuni plant will provide baseload power to the plant. The excess electricity varies depending on the wind conditions and is used to produce up to 2,000 kg/day of hydrogen from water via electrolysis. The resulting green hydrogen can be used to produce ammonia using the existing Ballance production plant, or used directly for hydrogen fuel cell transport - displacing the need for imported fossil fuels.
Ammonia is a colourless gas made of nitrogen and hydrogen (NH3) and is used as refrigerant gas, cleaning agent, and for water purification. It is internationally traded and a potential chemical for the export of hydrogen. It is also used for chemicals manufacture including urea CO(NH2)2. Urea has many uses but over 90% of the world's industrial production is used as a fertiliser.
Ballance Agri-Nutrients is currently using natural gas (CH4) as its feedstock to produce ammonia and urea. Imported urea is manufactured form a mix of fossil fuels including coal with high GHG emissions. This product is then shipped across the world, resulting in further emissions. The use of green hydrogen in the manufacturing process locally enables ammonia to be produced without using fossil fuels.
The project provides a reliable and flexible supply of green hydrogen to support the development of a transport market for hydrogen. Hiringa is developing a nationwide refuelling network to enable the introduction of zero emission transport solutions, with a focus on heavy transport and buses. Hydrogen fuel cells vehicles are one of the only viable zero emission solutions available for heavy fleet operators today, and can have a material impact on emissions.
18 AUG 2021
submitted to Environmental Protection Authority (EPA).
Consent granted and equipment ordered.
Site blessing takes place. Then siteworks and construction can begin.
Turbine components arrive on site and erection begins.
Turbines functional. Green hydrogen available.
The team at Hiringa Energy and Ballance Agri-Nutrients have engaged leading experts to assess the environmental impacts of the turbines (including visual and noise impacts), and to confirm compliance with accepted industry practice.
Our project team have shared the findings and information about these project benefits and effects with local communities, neighbouring properties as well as business owners. In addition, we have been engaging and collaborating with Mana Whenua over the past two years and have ongoing relationships with local Iwi and Hāpu.
The local Kaumātua has visited the site and performed an initial blessing, with a formal site blessing to take place once consent has been granted, prior to construction beginning. Throughout the consenting process, Cultural Impact Assessments (CIA) have been prepared with agreed cultural impact mitigations.
These are publicly available here:
Members from the Hiringa Energy and Ballance Agri-Nutrients project team have also hosted two community information sessions to discuss the project with the public. The first community evening was held in Kapuni during November 2020, and the second evening in Manaia in May 2021.
The community information sessions provided attendees an opportunity to have in depth one-on-one discussions, overall, with positive engagement. We continue to engage with landowners, local Iwi and Hāpu, as well the wider community.
Through this website, we will communicate project updates, answer your frequently asked questions and keep you informed as the project progresses.
Please get in contact with us at any point throughout the development and construction of this project. We value the opportunity to share information about this catalyst project to build an
environmentally sustainable energy future for New Zealand.
You will find a contact form at the bottom of this page.
The following link from the New Zealand Wind Energy Association provides some useful information if you would like to know more about this type of project;