AMMONIA AND HYDROGEN: LOWER EMISSION ENERGY SOLUTIONS

Concerns over greenhouse gas emissions and how they impact the environment are ever-increasing. Producers and users of fossil fuels are expected to offset or decrease carbon dioxide emissions to reach the global commitment of carbon neutrality by 2050. Global companies should consider ammonia and hydrogen as key tools to help them meet global carbon-reduction goals.

Hydrogen is an energy-dense alternative to conventional fuels. Clean hydrogen and its derivative molecules can help hard-to-abate sectors transition to cleaner energy systems. Global companies find that ammonia is an ideal hydrogen carrier because it creates more favorable storage volumes and allows for the use of existing infrastructure networks. In addition, ammonia itself can be used as an alternative fuel, and we are already seeing the pace of research increase considerably for this.

Our practitioners support a wide range of developers, owners, and contractors with blue and green ammonia and hydrogen projects by leveraging our experience with conventional ammonia capital development, hydrogen fuel storage and transmission, and hydrogen processing projects. We tap into our deep experience to help clients address preliminary front-end engineering and design (Pre-FEED) tasks, such as environmental and development permitting, carbon advisory, site planning, geotechnical, civil, and water supply and utilities negotiations. Our comprehensive services extend through to construction, operational permitting, and startup phases of these projects.

AMMONIA AND HYDROGEN FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

The United States is offering tax credits and federal funding to help businesses reduce their carbon use, decrease cost to private capital, and accelerate technologies. To identify funding opportunities for our clients, we map programs and resources to our clients’ capital projects.

We approach funding research by evaluating our clients’ short- and long-term objectives and the eligibility criteria of particular funding programs. We help our clients to establish grant eligibility. We then work to support registration, workflows, application priorities, grant frameworks, partnerships, budgets, full grant applications, and submittals. Our grant-writing expertise and understanding of alternative funding mechanisms support our clients’ overall strategies for securing federal funds, allowing them to pursue local and state incentives and grants and qualify for tax credits.

REPRESENTATIVE PROJECTS

AMMONIA PLANT AND MARINE TERMINAL FACILITY DEVELOPMENT TEXAS GULF COAST | 2016 TO PRESENT

Owner's team environmental and site development permitting, site due diligence, United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) permitting, air, water, and wastewater permitting, Equator Principles, environmental and social impact assessment, environmental and social management system

GREEN HYDROGEN PROCESSING FACILITIES STUDIES: HYDROGEN HUBS TEXAS, OKLAHOMA, LOUISIANA, FLORIDA | PRESENT

Environmental studies, geotechnical, water-supply evaluations, water and wastewater treatment design, water management strategies, permit matrices, coordination with local jurisdictions, and Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) funding support

BLUE AMMONIA PLANT AND MARINE TERMINAL FEASIBILITY STUDIESGULF COAST REGION | 2022 TO PRESENT

Owner's agent, water supply evaluations, agency negotiations, siting studies, permit matrix development

PIPELINE DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS: MULTIPLE PROJECTS INVOLVING SYNGAS, HYDROGEN, AMMONIA | GULF COAST REGION | 2021 TO PRESENT

Phase I environmental site assessments, routing studies, ecological surveys, wetland delineations, USACE permitting, stormwater monitoring, registrations, geohazards and geotechnical consultation

AMMONIA MARINE TERMINAL STUDY | TEXAS GULF COAST | PRESENT

Safety siting evaluation, risk register, permitting and planning, water-supply and infrastructure evaluations, National Environmental Policy Act support, IRA funding support

INLAND AMMONIA TERMINAL SITE DEVELOPMENT PERMITTING | TEXAS | PRESENT

Site development permitting, local jurisdictional coordination, utility agreements, design and permitting interface

HYDROGEN PROCESSING FACILITY FEASIBILITY STUDY | LOUISIANA | 2022 TO PRESENT

Carbon life-cycle assessment (LCA), technology evaluation support

HYDROGEN BULK LOADING FACILITY PERMITTING | CALIFORNIA | 2020 TO 2022

Site-development permit matrix, agency engagement planning, and hazardous-materials screening evaluation

BLUE AMMONIA AND HYDROGEN LCA AND CARBON ADVISORY | CORPORATE SUPPORT | 2021 TO PRESENT

Product carbon-footprint evaluation, low-carbon natural-gas feedstock sourcing, and development of a strategy to help the client’s hydrogen coproduct qualify for the low-carbon hydrogen tax incentives in the 2022 IRA; comparative LCA and techno-economic analysis for waste-based hydrogen production; benchmarking with various hydrogen production pathways including blue, green, and gray hydrogen pathways

AMMONIA-BASED CHEMICAL LOW-CARBON PRODUCT CERTIFICATION | US MIDWEST REGION | 2021 TO PRESENT

LCA and product certification for ammonia-based chemical product; application preparation to pursue approvals under IRS/DOE 45Q tax credit

HYDROGEN-BASED CHEMICAL LOW-CARBON PRODUCT CERTIFICATION | LOUISIANA | 2022 TO PRESENT

LCA of low-carbon hydrogen production pathway for use in chemical manufacturing to support 45V tax credit application

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