8 Rivers Capital, LLC, is developing the Cormorant Clean Energy Project, an ultra-low-carbon ammonia production facility in Port Arthur, Texas. The Cormorant project will be powered by 8 Rivers’ proprietary 8RH2 hydrogen process, representing the first commercial deployment of the technology.
Cormorant will produce an estimated 880,000 metric tons (mt) of ammonia and capture more than 1.4 million mt of CO2 annually, with a greater than 99% CO2 capture rate. The site is also expected to bring in more than $1 billion in investment to the region and create more than 1,000 new construction jobs from 2024 to 2027.
8RH2 is an ultra-low-carbon hydrogen process that harnesses oxy-combustion to eliminate CO2 emissions and lower costs. At Cormorant, hydrogen produced by 8RH2 will be turned into ultra-low-carbon ammonia. Power plant operators, especially in Asia, are looking to co-fire ammonia to reduce CO2 emissions.
“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,” said Steve Milward, COO at 8 Rivers.
The Cormorant Clean Energy Project couples technology innovation with industry-proven process equipment, and represents an efficient and affordable path to decarbonization for hard-to-abate industries like shipping, heavy transportation, aviation, and power generation. Hydrogen and hydrogen-derived ammonia are two key low-carbon alternatives that can replace fossil fuels. 8RH2 provides the key to scaling ultra-low-carbon hydrogen and ammonia production to industrial production scale at Cormorant.