Fertiglobe joins ADNOC’s blue ammonia facility in Abu Dhabi’s Ruwais
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Fertiglobe joins ADNOC’s blue ammonia facility in Abu Dhabi’s Ruwais

Fertiglobe joins ADNOC’s blue ammonia facility in Abu Dhabi’s Ruwais

The facility which will likely be operational by 2025, will have a capacity of up to 1 million tons per annum

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Earlier this week, TA’ZIZ and Fertiglobe signed an agreement for the latter to join the blue ammonia production project at TA’ZIZ in Ruwais, Abu Dhabi.

The project benefits from its location in the purpose-built TA’ZIZ Industrial Chemicals Zone, adjacent to the Ruwais Industrial Complex, which will supply the project with  hydrogen and nitrogen feedstocks. The agreement is subject to regulatory approvals.

The facility will have a capacity of up to 1 million tons per annum.

Fertiglobe, is a joint venture between ADNOC and OCI. “This is a significant milestone in the development of our blue hydrogen and ammonia business and capitalizes on the strong foundation that ADNOC has developed with Fertiglobe. We believe hydrogen and its carrier fuels, such as ammonia, offer strong potential as low-carbon energy sources,” said Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology and ADNOC managing director and group CEO.

“As we continue to grow our manufacturing base in Ruwais, the UAE is well-placed to meet increasing global demand for this new fuel while strengthening our position as world-scale chemicals and industrial hub and a top destination for local and international investment,” added Al Jaber.

The companies will jointly conduct pre-FEED and FEED activities and in parallel ADNOC will undertake a sole-risk feasibility study on blue ammonia. The final investment decision is expected in 2022, and 2025 is being targeted as the year by which the facility will be operational.

“I am pleased that we are extending our partnership with ADNOC through this venture, as it fits well in our strategy to decarbonise our global and regional platforms. It helps grow our low carbon and Clean Fuels product offering, which includes our fast-growing biofuels business, further builds on our recently announced 365,000 tons per annum blue ammonia capability in Texas, and leverages OCI’s and Fertiglobe’s globally leading position in ammonia,” said Nassef Sawiris, Executive chairman of OCI N.V. and CEO of Fertiglobe, reported news agency WAM.

He said that it also capitalises “on the huge potential that we expect ammonia to offer as part of the accelerated global shift to clean energy and as an enabler for the hydrogen economy”.

“Ammonia is a versatile and clean hydrogen carrier, with many exciting fuel applications, in addition to a diverse array of fertilizer and downstream industrial uses. The use of ammonia as a shipping fuel is particularly promising as it is, together with methanol, the only practical alternative for long-distance shipping to decarbonize cost-effectively. This project, therefore, creates exciting growth opportunities for Fertiglobe that will strengthen its market-leading position,” added Sawiris.

Blue ammonia is made from nitrogen and “blue” hydrogen derived from natural gas feedstocks, with the carbon dioxide by-product from hydrogen production captured and stored. Ammonia can be used as a low-carbon fuel across a wide range of industrial applications, including transportation, power generation and industries including steel, cement and fertilizer production.

The project will build on the UAE’s position as a major producer and reserves holder of natural gas and leadership in Carbon Capture Utilisation and Storage (CCUS). CCUS is the use of advanced technology to prevent CO2 from entering the atmosphere after it is expended as a by-product of industrial processes.

ADNOC currently operates, Al Reyadah, the world’s first fully commercial CO2 facility for the iron and steel industry and the first commercial-scale carbon capture, utilisation, and storage facility in the Middle East. Each year, Al Reyadah captures up to 800,000 tons of CO2 from local UAE steel production.

Last year, Saudi Arabia sent the world’s first shipment of blue ammonia to Japan. Saudi Aramco produced the fuel which was sent to Japan to be used in power stations to produce electricity without carbon emissions.

Read: Saudi Arabia sends blue ammonia to Japan in world-first shipment

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