Cormorant by 8 Rivers is first deployment of breakthrough hydrogen technology


8 Rivers Capital, backed by SK Group, has announced plans for the first slated deployment of a proprietary hydrogen technology to produce ammonia. The Cormorant Clean Energy Project will be built in Port Arthur, Texas and is expected to produce 880,000 tonnes of ammonia, the company said.

The planned plant will use oxy-combustion technology, which captures CO2, eliminates emissions and lowers production costs. The build-out should start in 2025, with commercial operation expected by late 2027, according to Chief Operating Officer Steve Milward.

At Cormorant, hydrogen produced by 8 Rivers’ 8RH2 tech will be turned into ultra-low-carbon ammonia that can be used for transportation, industrial processes, agriculture, and more. The strategic location in the US Gulf Coast region enables the project to leverage existing infrastructure, a skilled workforce, and the region’s plugged-in involved with the energy transition.

“The Cormorant Clean Energy Project is the ideal location to deploy our 8RH2 platform commercially [and] at scale for the first time,” said Milward. “Clean fuels like hydrogen and ammonia are paramount to the energy transition, and the Gulf Coast region’s rich history of industrial manufacturing and transportation makes it the perfect environment to demonstrate the game-changing potential of this technology.”

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