Green Light For World’s First Ammonia Bunkering Terminal


The Norwegian Directorate for Civil Protection (DSB) has given its approval for the construction of an ammonia bunkering facility at Fjord Base in Florø, planned by Yara Clean Ammonia, a subsidiary of Yara International, Azane, Norwegian ammonia bunkering startup, and Fjord Base, Norwegian supply base.

Significant milestone 

The permit marks a significant milestone for enabling ammonia as a safe and low-emission alternative to traditional shipping fuels, Yara said, adding that even though interest in ammonia as a decarbonized shipping fuel is high, the final leg of the journey, from the production plant to the vessel, has been missing.

“Now Yara Clean Ammonia, Azane and Fjord Base have demonstrated how the planned ammonia bunkering terminal can meet the strict safety requirement of the Norwegian Directorate for Civil Protection (DSB),” Yara pointed Features out.


According to Yara, the planned terminal consists of a floating stationary barge with a capacity of 1000 cubic meters, or 650 tons, of low-emission ammonia, and the permit allows for up to 416 operations annually, many of these expected to be bunkering operations for offshore supply vessels that regularly call at Fjord Base in Florø.

Magnus Ankarstrand, President of Yara Clean Ammonia, said: “We are grateful for the permit awarded from the Norwegian Directorate for Civil Protection. This acknowledges how ammonia can be used safely and efficiently as a shipping fuel at the site in Kinn. The ammonia terminal will enable the decarbonization of the maritime sector and showcase ammonia’s assets as a zero-emission shipping fuel.”

Steinar Kostøl, VP of Projects & Products, Azane, commented: “This marks a milestone for ammonia as a fuel. Now we finally know with certainty the safety zones we will have to operate under when bunkering ammonia. The required safety zones are very encouraging and demonstrate how it will be possible to bunker ammonia in the biggest and busiest ports around the world.”

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Source: Offshore energy