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The Green Hydrogen Pipeline & Shipping Question

By David Waterworth
October 04, 2022

By Guy J Swanson, For Green Players primarily. And our key suppliers.   

                  Our Green Play Ammonia™ calculations indicate the cost to move Hydrogen as Ammonia starts at 20 cents per Kilo of H2 at the first 100 miles and not $2.00 per Kilo H2.

    • In other words it does not cost $10,000 to move 22 tons of Ammonia or 3,526 kilos of Hydrogen a distance of 100 miles or 2 hours of transport time.  
    • There is no such thing as a Hydrogen Pipeline. The US has about 1,200 miles in less than 1 inch diameter special metallurgy pipes in refineries.
    • There are ammonia pipelines world-wide.
    • The best way to move hydrogen is not H2 but as low pressure NH3. As Ammonia is presently moved around the world.
    • Marine engines are targeted to ammonia fueling in 2025. Gas Turbines are also being developed for Ammonia fueling.
    • The Binary Twins are H2 and NH3. One must have the other in a marriage of transportation, storage and Ammonium fueling.
    • If it costs $1.50 to transport 1 Kilo of H2 half way around the world there are no buyers.   The cost to build is projected at $1.60 per Kilo with Green Play ammonia.
    • Recommended reading is available at the Ammonia Energy Association. A seminar in Phoenix, AZ is listed for November 14, 2022. The second USA sited and held for world-wide participation.  
    • Globalization of ammonia could cause major wars and failures of economies…similar to Putin’s war. It is best built locally. Oligarchs outrun all countries and logic. Oligarchs Hedge Fund Managers are the problem in building cheap energy.

  The Clean Technica and Graph reports. We consider the article data questionable with regards to trucks and ammonia pipelines and cracking costs.

  • Remember H2 is seldom successful in the commercial, industrialized world.
  • Hydrogen is never used in commercial rocket ships.
  • NASA has not figured that out yet after several launch failures and 60 years of testing.  
  • The devilish Hydrogen has a Binary Twin that is the not so dangerous, non-explosive and always gives ample warning, and that is Zero Carbon, locally built NH3…the secret of making the devil Hydrogen go to work is NH3.
  • Crackers work well and now at a 2.5% energy loss in development and scale up.

Please note as a double check we did a quote check with Southwest Transport of Hugoton,KS for our costs to move Ammonia 150 miles or roughly 3 hours out and back to the Ammonia Plant is included.  

Thus we have some questions about the viability of the Graph. Which we will not question externally….it is good to know that this is very incorrect information that others will absorb.

A quote from the best…..Per Southwest Transport or Martin Trucking of Western Kansas, Hugoton,  

The specific cost of DOT transport delivery is $33.60 per ton plus a 44% fuel charge at 150 miles loaded and return empty.  

This is $48.18 per ton NH3 at 150 mile radius, in and back with Hazmat Driver of powerful safety operator character.   

This is a standard 10,800 gallon transport with a 22 ton payload. The cost is $1,059 per load.  

A ton of Ammonia has 160 Kilograms of H2.  

The 150 mile trip is moving 3,520 Kilograms of H2 for $1,059.  

The cost to move ammonia 150 miles is 30.11 cents per Kilogram.  

The cost to move ammonia 100 miles is 20.05 cents per Kilogram or $32.08 per ton of NH3.  

The Southwestern, Quote is to cover our plants at Burlington, Co, and Pampa, Texas delivering in radius of 150 miles.  

This would include an area of very significant volume for these two plants……of 4,000 tons.  

This would be 181 truck-loads of Ammonia.  The two plants would build enough ammonia annually for 350 to 375 truck-loads.  

Total revenue source is $191,852 to move 4,000 tons.  This is about 50% to 55% of the total plant production of the two plants at Pampa and Burlington.  

How to out compete the Mega Plants….by keeping Ammonia a locally built product and always available at a fair price. The National security and timing of use is resolved. The Renewable NH3 is not connected to the Grid.  Oligarch pricing is stopped since the pricing is fair and based on cost of production and not market to bear pricing.  Marginal dryland production areas get better returns if they can use Ammonia profitably and less is required with Exactrix Technology.  Areas like Hugoton, Kansas, Garden City, KS or Pampa, Texas must have reasonable fertilizer cost and always available at their dryland and irrigated farms.  

A Green Play Ammonia staffing conclusion, A point and  our key  point of 10 key points….Build 2,000 optimized scale plants with a delivery area radius maximum of 30 minutes or 30 miles from the Green Play Ammonia Plant. A delivered cost of $250 to $333 per 22 ton.


A Tube Truck moves Hydrogen at a net payload of 300 Kilograms H2.  The hydrogen tube trailer empty weighs 58,000 lbs.  

Rocky Mountain Doubles, Super B Trains can move up 132,000 lbs. gross and net delivery at 42 ton NH3. A popular choice in the West and Canada.

Moving hydrogen as ammonia has a 12 times advantage using a cracker to produce H2 at the consumption point.

Always store Hydrogen as ammonia. The advantage is 250 times less cost. The ammonia steel tanks go up in value over time. Composite tanks go down to scrap rate in 20 years. Your best choice is steel storage tanks for H2 in plant design at 2,650 psi.

H2 Stored as ammonia at 92 psi at 60 degrees F Costs $11.82 Per Kilo of storage investment. H2 stored as H2 costs $500 per Kilo H2 storage investment.

A steel tube trailer is $833 per kilo H2 at $250,000 investment.

A 10,800 gallon ammonia trailer with a net of 22 ton of NH3 (3,520 kilos H2) cost $150,000 or $42.61 per Kilo H2 as NH3.

Storage Hydrogen must be limited to a very small investment in composite tanks.

Always Available and Competitive
Local Built Ammonia, A total cost savings of $726 per load with each plant producing 163 delivered, 22 ton loads. A total annual cost savings and competitive advantage of $118,799 per plant.  A total cash value at 5% annualized plant value of $2,375 million over 20 years per single plant. And with 2,000 plants running 4 .75 billion dollars over 20 years.   

For now we accept the start of the first Decagon of 10 plants on the Great Plains….and about 2.5 hours apart or $1,000 apart at maximum between plants or $48 per ton DOT transports.  

This is very acceptable but not as competitive since we are raising farm gate landed cost about 20% based on transport into plants in the interlinking of plants. We could easily drop the cost to 5% or less over the Cost of the Ammonia FOB plant with plants separated by 60 miles.  

Our Ammonia Pricing is very competitive at $247 per ton to $300 per ton at the Plant….and about $48.00 per ton to deliver at Hugoton or Garden City, KS. 

Our competitor would try to supply from a Mega Plant from Australia with a similar cost of production and that will not happened with a Green Play Ammonia Plant about 60 miles apart.  

Location of The Best Fruit of the Tree depends on the Management.  

Green Play Ammonia is not exportable.  

The critical and key workhorse is breed to work locally to build land values and keep the hedge fund managers away.  

Stranded Inland Green Play Ammonia™ is built locally with the Air, Water and Wind and Solar assets of the Great American Dessert. Our NH3 is guaranteed Green and Fungible with Zero Carbon build.

Green Play Ammonia plants are inland and at least 715 to miles to any Texas coast line port and about 923 miles to the Mississippi River, Donaldsonville, IN.  

The Free Market Green Ammonia with a Fungible Certificate would have a delivered incoming world market price of estimated $247 per ton plus $229.37 freight above world market price at North American seaports.  

Delivery from Australia would require a Blue Water Navy to protect our National Security. Delivery from Australia is just not feasible to provide low cost hydrogen to the Inland areas of North America.  

Delivery from Australia might work for Japan if the US Navy can protect the transport ships. Ammonia Energy Association 

Perfectly Clear….. Green Play Ammonia is highly competitive because it is locally built by local people. It is stored on farm locally. “Hell or High Water”, It is made locally 24/7 and always timely available.   

The Tulsa, OK, Port of Catoosa area is considered a far western penetration point for barge traffic at 367 miles to Hugoton or about 2.44 times $1,059 or $117 per ton.

Catoosa, OK, a seaport to Donaldsonville, LA  via the Mississippi and Arkansas River is 700 miles. Barges move Ammonia very effectively at about ½ the cost or $112 per ton. So the total cost to move ammonia inland is $229 to Hugoton, KS.  

Rail delivery of Ammonia is now very expensive in the US and it is only available on certain international high quality rail lines such as the Spokane International, CP/UP.  A return to local delivery of Ammonia by rail would require a complete upgrade of trackage. The USA Rail Car fleet has been retired at the end of 40 years of service of 30,000 gallon rail cars.

  • Today we need a heavy investment into railroads and timed delivery which is not a happening event.
  • This is why dams and rivers are now the safest and best way to move ammonia inland from world markets…but this comes to an end quickly due to costs to transport, store and make the NH3 as timely as possible.

The Missouri River navigation interruptions and poor levees has been questionable to Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, and Kansas markets.  

It is clear…A trucker needs to sleep in his own bed at night. You will get the highest quality driver if he can be with his family.  

A Green Play Ammonia scenario that meets human family needs up to 5 hours out from the main plant…and 5 hours back. This is about 250 miles or 500 miles per day.  

This means any sort of Ammonia river barge delivery will require drivers that go 250 miles or $80 per ton adder on top of the NH3 barge costs….and the question is…will the highly reliable supplier have Green Ammonia in the Barge? 

Mega Plant designs eventually play into the hands of Hedge Fund Managers. Ammonia Energy Association 

Green Play Ammonia solves the Fungible NH3 Green Zero Carbon Question….is it really Green Ammonia and Guaranteed Analysis 82.42%?  Is it built local at a fair competitive price?  Does the plant meet the needs of the grid and National Security?

Ammonia Cracker efficiency should reach efficiency of 97.5% or about a 2.5% energy loss by 2025.

Guy J Swanson
Exactrix Global Systems
4501 East Trent Avenue
Spokane, Washington.
509-535-9925 office.
509-995-1879 cell.