Skip to main content

SANDNES, NORWAY – May 26, 2021 – Horisont Energi AS (EURONEXT: HRGI) today announced that it has completed the feasibility phase of the Barents Blue project, laying the foundation for Europe’s first large-scale carbon-neutral ammonia plant, which will include offshore carbon storage.

“The work carried out with our partner Haldor Topsøe A/S is pioneering and sets the global standard for blue hydrogen and ammonia plants, with an extremely low carbon footprint combined with industry-leading energy efficiency and compelling revenue potential. This is a clean ammonia plant at a scale that truly matters.”
Bjørgulf Haukelidsæter Eidesen, CEO of Horisont Energi.

Through this first phase all the key aspects of the project have been addressed with the conclusion of feasibility. First off, a process design with a record low carbon footprint and an industry leading energy performance has been developed, secondly, feasible sites for the plant have been identified and studied together with Multiconsult, and the preferred site will soon be concluded and announced, a tie-in solution into Melkøya LNG has been identified and a formal study agreement has been entered into with the Snøhvit Unit, a feasible pipeline routing and design from Melkøya to the plant site has been developed, and finally an excellent quality carbon storage for the plant’s CO2 has been identified, namely Polaris. Together these elements form a solid basis for the continued development of the Barents Blue project in the next phase – the concept phase.

Horisont Energi will now award contracts for concept studies to various suppliers. This process will result in a concept decision, intended to be completed around the end of the year. Following this decision, detailed studies (front end engineering design – FEED) will lead to a final investment decision towards the end of 2022.

Due to the groundbreaking nature of the project, Norwegian state agency Enova has granted NOK 10 million for the concept study phase. In addition, Enova has shortlisted Horisont Energi as one of five candidate hydrogen projects in Norway for possible participation in the Important Projects of Common European Interest (IPCEI) on hydrogen.

Adding to the existing use of ammonia as input for fertilizer production and other industries, there is intense interest in the future use of ammonia as a fuel, either directly or by converting it into hydrogen. Horisont Energi is actively working with several potential customers for the clean ammonia in the European market.

“The Barents Blue project will be one of the largest ammonia plants in the world, providing climate-friendly and profitable market access for the natural gas reserves in the Barents Sea by tapping into the huge global ammonia market. The scale and potential of the project has led to substantial interest from a number of stakeholders, including the local community, NGOs and major companies in the energy business.”
Bjørgulf Haukelidsæter Eidesen, CEO of Horisont Energi.

The plant will deliver ultra-low carbon footprint, with between 99.3% and 99.9% overall CO2 capture. It will also have industry-leading energy efficiency. Based on circular economy principles, Horisont Energi will select recyclable and reusable materials, and consumables and chemicals of which the by-products can be reused in other industries.

“Our clear ambition is to make blue ammonia, which is produced from natural gas with carbon capture, just as environmentally friendly as plants based exclusively on renewable electricity and electrolysis, so-called green ammonia. In the future, it is also our intention to develop green ammonia facilities, but regardless of the technology, we aim to set the industry standard for large-scale clean ammonia production.”
Bjørgulf Haukelidsæter Eidesen, CEO of Horisont Energi.

About Horisont Energi

Horisont Energi (EURONEXT: HRGI) is a Norwegian carbon tech company that provides clean energy and carbon storage services at scale. The company transforms gas into cost-leading clean ammonia and hydrogen, and offers CO2 transportation and storage solutions using proprietary technology, paving the way for the low carbon economy today. The company was founded in 2019 and is headquartered in Sandnes, Norway.

About Barents Blue

Barents Blue will provide Europe’s first large-scale clean ammonia production. Based on natural gas from the Barents Sea, it will include a world-scale clean ammonia plant located in Finnmark in Northern Norway. Barents Blue will have a production capacity of 3000 tons of ammonia per day once operational. During the production process, carbon will be captured and transported by ship to the Polaris reservoir for storage, with an estimated capacity in excess of 100 million tons below the seabed offshore Finnmark, which is equivalent to twice Norway’s annual greenhouse gas emissions. Currently entering the concept phase, an investment decision for Polaris and the Barents Blue project is expected towards the end of 2022.

Further information:

Investor relations
Dan Jarle Flølo, CFO
+47 901 13 159

Media Relations
Marianne Stigset
+47 41 18 84 82