Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) is planning to build a world-scale blue ammonia production facility the new TA’ZIZ industrial and chemicals hub in Ruwais, Abu Dhabi, UAE.
The plant will produce 1 million tpa of ammonia from nitrogen and so-called ‘blue’ hydrogen. This is made from natural gas, but the carbon dioxide byproduct is captured and stored rather than being released to the atmosphere.
ADNOC has awarded design contracts for the pre-front end engineering and design (pre-FEED) work for the ammonia project to Wood, along with six other TA’ZIZ chemical projects. ADNOC will also conduct a feasibility study into supplying blue hydrogen to the project from its facility in Ruwais, which produces more than 300,000 tpa of blue hydrogen. The company expects to make a final investment decision in 2022, and has scheduled the plant’s start-up for 2025.
ADNOC says that the facility will drive the UAE’s leadership in creating local and international hydrogen value chains, while contributing to the country’s economic growth and diversification. The UAE is is a major producer of natural gas and is increasingly developing carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS) technology. ADNOC already operates the world’s first fully commercial CO2 facility for the iron and steel industry, and the first commercial-scale CCUS facility in the Middle East, capturing 800,000 tpa of CO2. ADNOC was given a mandate by the UAE’s Supreme Petroleum Council in November 2020 to explore opportunities in hydrogen and hydrogen carrier fuels, like blue ammonia, with the aim of making the UAE a global hydrogen leader.
‘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,’ says His Excellency Dr Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, UAE Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology and ADNOC managing director and group CEO.