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ADNOC to build world-scale blue ammonia project


ADNOC announced that it will advance a world-scale “blue” ammonia production facility in Ruwais, in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

ADNOC is a leader in the developing hydrogen market, leading the way in the development of hydrogen value chains in the UAE while contributing to economic growth and diversification. TA’ZIZ’ industrial ecosystem and chemicals center in Ruwais will be the location of the new factory.

The blue ammonia is created from nitrogen and “blue” hydrogen produced from natural gas feedstocks with the carbon dioxide output being saved. Ammonia can be utilized in a wide range of industrial applications, including transportation, power generation, and steel, cement, and fertilizer manufacture. The facility’s capacity will be 1,000ktp/yr.

Recently, ADNOC has entered into numerous supply agreements with important customers, including the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan and Korea’s GS Energy. This utilizes the November 2020 directive for ADNOC to explore the market for hydrogen and hydrogen carrier fuels, like blue ammonia, with the goal of making the UAE a hydrogen leader. Currently, ADNOC produces about 300,000 tons of hydrogen per year in the Ruwais Industrial Complex.

His Excellency Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, UAE Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology and ADNOC Managing Director and Group CEO, said: “This is a significant milestone in the development of our blue hydrogen and ammonia business, building on the UAE’s strong position as a producer of competitive, low carbon natural gas and our leadership role in carbon capture and underground storage. As we collectively navigate the global energy transition, we believe hydrogen, and its carrier fuels such as ammonia, offer promise and potential as zero carbon energy sources.

“The development also signals that the TA’ZIZ industrial ecosystem is moving ahead at speed in Ruwais. With TA’ZIZ as a key catalyst, we are well placed to further strengthen our position as a leading destination for local and international investment, leveraging technology to further grow the UAE’s advanced manufacturing and industrial base’’.

Nedim Husomanovic

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