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Opening Ceremony Held for Hydrogenation Plant in Brunei

December 3, 2019

With the goal of realizing a society that uses hydrogen-based energy sources, NEDO and the Advanced Hydrogen Energy Chain Association for Technology Development (AHEAD)* have launched the Japan-Brunei Hydrogen Supply Chain Project. On this occasion, an opening ceremony took place in Brunei Darussalam (hereinafter Brunei) on November 27, 2019, to commemorate the completion of construction of the hydrogenation plant that will be the starting point for this project.

Attendees at the ceremony included: H.E. Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Dr. Awang Haji Mat Suny Bin Haji Md Hussein, Minister of Energy of Brunei, invited as the guest of honor; Dr. SATO Yoshiteru, NEDO Executive Director; H.E. YAMAMOTO Eiji, Ambassador of Japan to Brunei; Mr. EZAWA Masana, Director, Energy Efficiency Division, Agency for Natural Resources and Energy, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry; Mr. ENDO Hideki, President of AHEAD; and approximately 200 representatives of project stakeholders.

Under this project, which is the world’s first demonstration of a global hydrogen supply chain, a hydrogenation plant has been constructed in Brunei and a dehydrogenation plant is being built in the waterfront area of Kawasaki City, Kanagawa Prefecture. In 2020, hydrogen procured in Brunei will be transported via ship to Japan in liquid form at normal temperature and pressure levels using the organic chemical hydride method. After arriving in Kawasaki, the hydrogen will be converted back into its gaseous form and then supplied to end-users. With the completion of construction for the hydrogenation plant, and with full-scale operations at the dehydrogenation plant in Kawasaki beginning in 2020, the supply chain will be complete and demonstration testing is scheduled to start.

  • Member companies of AHEAD: Chiyoda Corporation, Mitsubishi Corporation, Mitsui & Co., Ltd., and Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha.
  • Photo of completed hydrogenation plant
    Completed hydrogenation plant
  • Photo of ribbon-cutting at ceremony
    Opening ceremony