Abu Dhabi Ports & TAQA plan green hydrogen to ammonia export project

By Arya M Nair, Official Reporter
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The Abu Dhabi National Energy Company (TAQA), one of the region’s largest integrated firms, and Abu Dhabi ports are considering a proposal for the development of industrial-scale nature-friendly hydrogen to ammonia export project in Abu Dhabi.

The companies will work to develop proposals for a green ammonia export plant in the Khalifa Abu Dhabi Industrial Zone (KIZAD), according to a memorandum of understanding which was signed by Mr. Jasim Hussein Tabet, CEO and Managing Director of TAQA Group, and Captain Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, Group CEO, Abu Dhabi Ports. The project will be a crucial step toward establishing Abu Dhabi as a global green energy hub.

“Green hydrogen requires large-scale, low-carbon electricity generation and desalinated water. TAQA is pleased to begin discussions with our partner Abu Dhabi Ports and if implemented, will place Abu Dhabi at the heart of an emerging green hydrogen market,” Mr. Tabet said.

The new plant will run on hydrogen generated by an electrolytic cell and a solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant with a capacity of 2GW. To supply ships that have been converted to use ammonia as bunker fuel, green hydrogen will be transformed into liquid ammonia.

The TAQA-Abu Dhabi Ports project will also include a storage facility at Khalifa Port, which will enable green ammonia exports to international markets.

“This potential collaboration aims to meet regional and global green energy needs as well as support our country’s leadership goal of positioning Abu Dhabi at the center of an emerging green energy market,” Mr. Al Shamisi said.

KIZAD will be home to a solar farm, an electrolyzer, and an ammonia plant. The ammonia factory will be connected to the port storage facility in Khalifa, allowing huge amounts of ammonia to be supplied directly to the port.

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