MoU signed for 35,000 ha of land in Mexico for green H₂ and NH₃ project

Aslan Energy Capital has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the acquisition of 35,000 hectares of land in Sonora, Mexico. The land will serve as the foundation for the pioneering ANEM (Aslan Net-zero Energy Mexico) Project, a solar-based green hydrogen and green ammonia production facility.

The project aims to revolutionize Mexico’s, and eventually North America’s, energy landscape while simultaneously reducing carbon emissions.

The signing of the MoU, which is aligned with Mexico’s Sonora Plan, marks the beginning of a collaborative effort to harness renewable resources for the production of clean energy and ensuring vital agricultural sovereignty. The project is poised to play a pivotal role in driving down fertilizer prices in Mexico, thereby fostering agricultural sustainability and economic growth.

The ANEM Project is situated in a coastal area of Sonora, a region renowned for its exceptional solar irradiance. The project capitalizes on abundant sunlight to power green hydrogen production. The utilization of solar energy for green hydrogen and ammonia production underscores the project’s commitment to sustainability and alignment with Mexico’s climate goals.

“The MoU signing represents a significant milestone in our journey towards a greener, more sustainable future,” said Dr Gho Wie Min, VP Engineering of Aslan Energy. “By leveraging Sonora’s abundant solar resources, we aim to not only produce clean energy but also contribute to the reduction of carbon emissions in Mexico. This project holds immense potential to transform the energy landscape and drive positive change across multiple sectors, specifically green hydrogen for data centers and transportation. Green ammonia derived from the project delivers strengthened food security, while upholding energy self-sufficiency.”

With an extensive track record of executing large-scale energy projects, including the ongoing 600 MW green hydrogen plant in Indonesia Aslan Energy is equipped with the expertise and experience to pioneer this mega project in North America.

Commercial operations are scheduled to commence in 2028, with Phase 1 producing nearly 600,000 tonnes of green ammonia per year, marking a crucial step towards realizing the project’s objectives. Production capacity will be doubled as part of Phase 2 by 2030.

Aslan Energy is keen on developing a localized supply chain hub in Sonora and providing an open platform to welcome strategic solar equipment manufacturers and hydrogen technology companies to establish a near-shore production facility in Sonora that can collaboratively support and benefit from this mega project.

Considering the size of the land, the project will be developed in four phases over a 10-year period. The primary purpose is to serve the domestic market in Mexico, with excess capacity allocated for export to the US via the well-established railways between the two countries. The potential for export to Japan and other markets through a dedicated ammonia shipping terminal is also under evaluation. Preliminary feasibility studies have been completed, demonstrating positive economic viability. Front-End Engineering Design is expected to commence in Q3 2024, with the first green ammonia shipment planned for 2028. With a focus on innovation, efficiency, and environmental responsibility, the ANEM Project sets a precedent for sustainable development in the region.

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