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Plans unveiled for an industrial scale green hydrogen to ammonia project in Abu Dhabi

Plans unveiled for an industrial scale green hydrogen to ammonia project in Abu Dhabi

The development of an industrial scale green hydrogen to ammonia export project is being explored in Abu Dhabi.

Abu Dhabi National Energy Company PJSC (TAQA) and Abu Dhabi Port have joined forces to develop proposals for the facility, which if successful, would be based in Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (KIZAD).

Facility proposals are to be developed under a newly signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and will include plans for a 2GW solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant to produce green hydrogen.

The green hydrogen would be turned into liquid ammonia to supply ships converted to use ammonia as a bunker fuel and for export from Abu Dhabi Ports via specialised gas carriers.

If successful, the duo said the development would be a significant step towards placing Abu Dhabi at the heart of a new emerging global market for green energy.

It is believed that the TAQA-Abu Dhabi Ports project will also feature a storage facility at Khalifa Port, opening the opportunity for it to become a hub for exporting green ammonia to international markets including Europe and the East Asia.

Commenting on the collaboration, Jasim Husain Thabet, TAQA’s Group CEO and Managing Director, said, “Green hydrogen requires large-scale low carbon electricity production and desalinated water. TAQA is an internationally recognised leader in both of these.

“We are pleased to have opened discussions with our partner Abu Dhabi Ports on developing proposals for a major industrial scale facility that, if it goes ahead, would place Abu Dhabi at the heart of the emerging market for green hydrogen.

“Combining the global reach of Abu Dhabi Ports with the energy and water know-how and established technology partnerships of TAQA could open up exciting opportunities for both companies, for our shareholders and for Abu Dhabi.”

Captain Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, Group CEO of Abu Dhabi Ports, added, “We are pleased to initiate talks with TAQA, a national champion in the field of diversified utilities and energy, for the potential development of an industrial scale green hydrogen to ammonia export facility.

“This potential collaboration aims to address regional and global green energy needs, as well as supporting the goal of our nation’s leadership to position Abu Dhabi at the heart of the new emerging green energy market.

“With its strategic location between the East and the West, its proximity to KIZAD and Zonescorp, as well as the multimodal connectivity through sea, air and land linking Abu Dhabi to global markets, Khalifa Port is in an ideal position to become a major hub for green hydrogen and its derivatives exports to all international markets”.

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