Ammonia and Methanol in Energy Transition – Thematic Intelligence

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Ammonia and Methanol in Energy Transition Thematic Report Overview

Ammonia and methanol are key industrial chemicals with strong demand in the agriculture, manufacturing, and construction sectors. In 2022, the global ammonia and methanol production was 203 and 132 million metric tons, respectively. The demand for these chemicals is expected to rise in the coming years due to their potential applications in the energy transition.

The ‘Ammonia and Methanol in Energy Transition’ thematic intelligence report discusses the sustainable approaches to ammonia and methanol production and the emerging trends that will impact the use of these chemicals as energy transition fuels in the coming years. It further gives a deep-dive analysis of the industry, including the regional demand outlook, and contracts analysis. The report also covers value chain insights, key players, and sector scorecard analysis.

Key Trends ·        Clean ammonia and methanol are being explored as carriers of hydrogen

·        Good prospects for e-methanol expected in the coming decade

·        Increasing methanol blending in fuels for transportation and industrial use

Key Value Chain Components ·        Energy Sources

·        Hydrogen Production

·        Ammonia Production

·        Methanol Production

·        Ammonia Applications

·        Methanol Applications

·        Engineering, Procurement, and Construction Services

Key Companies ·        Yara

·        CF

·        SABIC

·        Nutrien

·        OCI Global

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Ammonia and Methanol in Energy Transition – Key Trends

The main trends impacting the adoption of ammonia and methanol as energy transition fuels are the rising popularity of clean ammonia and methanol as carriers of hydrogen, the growing potential of ammonia-based fuel cells in electricity generation, and surging methanol blending in fuels for transportation and industrial use.

Hydrogen offers a cleaner alternative to fossil fuels, with blue and green hydrogen gaining traction worldwide. Converting hydrogen into methanol and ammonia helps solve storage and transportation issues on account of their comparatively higher energy density. Furthermore, blending methanol either direct or after blending with petroleum fuels, leads to a reduction in vehicular emissions. The growing potential of ammonia-based fuel cells in electricity generation is another key factor influencing its wide adoption. Ammonia solves the storage issues related to hydrogen-fueled fuel cells. Ammonia-based fuel cells have applications in power generation as well as in the transportation sector.

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Ammonia and Methanol in Energy Transition – Industry Analysis

The supply of ammonia is vital for its primary use as a fertilizer in global agriculture, industrial applications, and as a potential fuel for heavy transport. Its production is highly dependent on fossil fuels as a source of hydrogen. In 2022, Ammonia had the highest share of capacity in the petrochemical industry, followed by Urea, Ethylene, and Methanol. Methanol accounted for a smaller share of petrochemical capacity than ammonia in 2022. But it is still the next highest emitting chemical and needs to reduce its emissions intensity by around 25% by 2030.

Ammonia and Methanol in Energy Transition Industry Analysis

Ammonia and Methanol in Energy Transition Industry Analysis

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Low-Carbon Ammonia and Methanol – Value Chain Analysis

The key components of the low-carbon ammonia and methanol value chain are energy sources, hydrogen production, ammonia production, methanol production, ammonia applications, and methanol applications.

Energy Sources: The key energy sources in the low-carbon ammonia and methanol value chain analysis are natural gas, coal, biomass, renewable power, and nuclear.

Low-Carbon Ammonia and Methanol Value Chain Analysis

Low-Carbon Ammonia and Methanol Value Chain Analysis

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Ammonia and Methanol in Energy Transition – Competitive Landscape

The leading companies producing low-carbon ammonia and methanol are Yara, CF, SABIC, Nutrien, and OCI Global.

Yara: Yara intends to expand the ammonia import capacity at its German facilities to be able to deliver three million tons of clean ammonia.

OCI Global: The company is working to expand the capacity of its Rotterdam ammonia import terminal to 1.2 million tons per year.

Leading Companies in the Ammonia and Methanol in Energy Transition Theme

Leading Companies in the Ammonia and Methanol in Energy Transition Theme

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Integrated Oil and Gas Sector Scorecard Analysis

The scorecard approach is used to predict tomorrow’s leading companies within each sector using a thematic screen, a valuation screen, and a risk screen. The thematic screen ranks companies based on overall leadership in the 10 themes that matter most to their industry, generating a leading indicator of future performance.

Integrated Oil and Gas Sector Scorecard – Thematic Screen Analysis

Integrated Oil and Gas Sector Scorecard – Thematic Screen Analysis

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Scope

  • Provides an overview of developments in the low-carbon ammonia and methanol markets.
  • Highlights the strategies industry leaders adopt to decarbonize ammonia and methanol production.
  • Ranks industry leaders in the low-carbon ammonia and methanol markets.
  • Evaluate the contractual activity in the low-carbon ammonia and methanol markets.
  • Evaluate industry signals related to low-carbon ammonia and methanol markets.

Reasons to Buy

  • Discusses the impact of carbon emissions on ammonia and methanol production.
  • Provides production outlooks for low-carbon ammonia and methanol.
  • Benchmarks leading companies in low-carbon ammonia and methanol markets.
  • Benchmarks leading technology providers in low-carbon ammonia and methanol markets.
  • Benchmarks leading EPC contractors in low-carbon ammonia and methanol markets.

Table of Contents

Executive summary 4

Players 5

Thematic briefing 7

Sustainable approaches to ammonia and methanol production 8

GlobalData’s Thematic framework for the energy transition 9

How to decarbonize ammonia and methanol production 10

Trends 12

Industry analysis 13

Ammonia’s contribution to chemical emissions 14

Methanol’s contribution to chemical emissions 15

Global ammonia and methanol demand outlook, by region 16

Global low-carbon ammonia and methanol production outlook 17

Low-carbon ammonia and methanol contracts analysis 19

Company benchmarking 21

Value chain 23

Ammonia and methanol: leaders and challengers 24

Carbon capture and electrolysis technology: leaders and challengers 25

EPC services: leaders and challengers 26

Signals 27

Companies 31

Sector scorecards 36

Glossary 42

Further reading 44

Thematic research methodology 45

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