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VOC Port becomes first Indian port to handle green ammonia import

September 26, 2023
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Tuticorin - State-run V O Chidambaranar (VOC) Port, located in Tamil Nadu’s Thoothukudi district, has become the first port in India to handle green ammonia with the arrival of three 20-inch tank containers loaded with the fuel from the Port of Damietta in Egypt for Tuticorin Alkali Chemicals and Fertilisers Ltd.

The shipment highlights VOC Port’s proactive efforts to embrace environmentally friendly alternatives in the field of energy and transportation, VOC Port officials said. VOC Port is one of the 12 ports owned by the Union government.

Green Ammonia, referred to as the ‘fuel of the future’, has gained prominence as a cleaner and greener alternative to traditional fossil fuels. It is produced through a process that utilizes renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar power, to generate hydrogen, which is then combined with nitrogen to create ammonia. This process significantly reduces greenhouse gas emissions compared to conventional ammonia production methods.

Green Ammonia is a versatile fuel that can be used in various applications, including as a clean energy source for ships, power generation, and even as a fertilizer. Its potential to reduce carbon emissions and mitigate the effects of climate change has made it a focal point for governments and industries worldwide.

The import of green ammonia at VOC Port marks a crucial step towards reducing the carbon footprint of shipping and transportation in the region. It aligns with the global shift towards sustainable energy sources and supports India’s pledge to reduce greenhouse gas emissions as part of its climate action goals.

“Today, we are not just unloading containers and other cargo, we are unloading a sustainable future for our planet. VOC Port is proud to be at the forefront of environmental innovation by handling imported green ammonia. This is a testament to our dedication to cleaner energy solutions and our commitment to protecting our environment,” the official said.

“It is a momentous event that signals a new era in sustainable transportation and energy solutions. It is a testament to the Port’s unwavering commitment to environmental responsibility and its role in embracing green initiatives. The handling of green ammonia is not just a milestone for VOC Port but a giant leap towards a cleaner and more sustainable world,” the official added.

VOC Port has recently flagged off plans to develop a complete green hydrogen ecosystem for industries and become India’s export and bunkering hub for green hydrogen.

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