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Derivaat NH3 will build its first green ammonia production plant in the Paldiski South Harbour in Estonia, which will produce green hydrogen and green ammonia from local wind and solar energy. It is an increasingly important future raw material that will help ships stop using fossil fuels and reduce pollution in fertilizer production all over the world.

According to analysts, the global green ammonia market will grow by more than one billion dollars between 2022 and 2027, because the market demand for this green product is growing at a very fast pace.

Ammonia is currently produced from natural gas, and the production process emits 2 tons of CO₂ for every ton of ammonia. For this reason, ordinary ammonia is called grey ammonia. The current market volume is around 185 million tons worldwide. In the case of green ammonia, on the other hand, CO₂ is not emitted in the production process, and therefore its production volumes are expected to skyrocket in the near future, with green ammonia replacing grey ammonia and additionally being used for other purposes.

During the first stage OÜ Derivaat NH3 will invest around 70 million euros in the Paldiski plant. When the plant starts operating in 2026, it will create around 20 new jobs in the region. In addition, the plant will provide work for many more people daily – from transportation to provision of services.

For the city of Paldiski, the new plant is part of a bigger plan to transform from a small town into Estonia’s and Europe’s smart industrial centre and the epicentre of future industry. For the Derivaat NH3 team, the Paldiski plant is not the first such chemical industry project. The technology and design of the plant are developed and carried out in cooperation with a Ukrainian company that has more than 40 years of experience in the field of building ammonia plants.

  • capacity
    22554 t
  • green hydrogen
    4004 t/y
  • green ammonium
    22554 t/y
  • CO2 saved
    96800 t/y


The plant will use innovative production technology where the hydrogen production SOEC electrolyzer is combined with Haber Bosch technology of green ammonia production. OÜ Derivaat has applied for patent of this plant in 153 countries.

The electricity required to produce green raw materials will be supplied from solar, wind and other renewable energy producers operating in Paldiski and on Pakri Peninsula. Recycling of water is also important for the owners of the plant – in production the plant will only use the water that the Paldiski-based AS Lahevesi company has already cleaned after it passed through the sewage network – at present this water is directed into the sea. This is also an innovation. Therefore, the new plant will not affect the companies and residents of the city of Paldiski with its water use. In addition, it is planned to create rainwater collection systems at the new plant in order to use such water in production.


The Voyager 1 plant in Paldiski starts operating in 2026.

2024 2026
The plant starts operating in 2026, creating around 20 new jobs in the region.
  • 2023

    Project kick-off.

  • 2024

    Building permissions.

  • 2025


  • 2026

    Launch of the plant.