Gibson Island Green Ammonia Feasibility

February 21st, 2022

Gibson Island Green Ammonia Feasibility

The proponents have undertaken a feasibility study to assess whether industrial scale manufacturing of green ammonia at Gibson Island in Brisbane is technically and commercially feasible on an existing brownfield site, and are working towards an agreement to progress the project to the Front End Engineering Design (FEED) study stage.

Main proponents:

Fortescue Future Industries, Incitec Pivot Ltd

 

Main end-use classification:

Ammonia production, export potential, domestic use

Status:

Under development – feasibility study completed, FEED study arrangements under discussion (as at February 2022)

Estimated cost:

 

Other involvement:

 

Production details:

Up to 50,000 tonnes per annum of hydrogen under evaluation

Location:

Queensland, Australia

Announced funding:

 

Project description

The Incitec Pivot Gibson Island site in Brisbane has been operational since 1969 and primarily manufactures nitrogen based fertiliser products, including ammonia, urea, ammonium sulphate and carbon dioxide using natural gas as the principal site feedstock. Gibson Island despatches approximately 550,000 tonnes of fertilisers each year; it is slated to cease manufacturing at the end of 2022.

The proponents have undertaken a feasibility study to assess whether industrial scale manufacturing of green ammonia at Gibson Island is technically and commercially feasible on an existing brownfield site.

The study investigated the building of an electrolysis facility on the site to produce around 50,000 tonnes of renewable hydrogen per year, which would then be converted into green ammonia for Australian and export markets.

Preliminary results from the feasibility study were available at the end of the 2021. Based on the preliminary studies, the project was found to be technically feasible. As at early 2022, the proponents are working towards an agreement to progress the project to a Front End Engineering Design (FEED) study. The FEED study would refine cost, schedule, permitting and commercial agreements, and inform a potential Final Investment Decision (FID).

Subject to a positive FID, the project envisages that Fortescue Future Industries would construct an on-site water electrolysis plant and develop and operate the hydrogen manufacturing facility, with Incitec Pivot  operating the ammonia manufacturing facility. The electrolysis facility would produce up to 50,000 tonnes of renewable hydrogen per year and be a complete replacement of Gibson Island’s current natural gas feedstock. The renewables-based  green hydrogen would then be converted into more than 300,000 tonnes of green ammonia for Australian and export markets.

 

Last reviewed: May 2022