ADNOC deepens its Clean Hydrogen mission with German companies

By Arya M Nair, Official Reporter
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Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) has signed a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and joint study agreements (JSA) with counterparts in Germany in order to accelerate and deepen collaboration in clean hydrogen.

The agreements were announced during the visit of Dr. Robert Habeck, German Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Climate Action, to the UAE. They build upon the longstanding Emirati-German Energy Partnership as well as the Ministerial Emirati-German Hydrogen Task Force that was inaugurated in November 2021.

ADNOC, an established hydrogen producer with plans to significantly raise its clean hydrogen production, continues to develop its footprint in the fast-growing clean hydrogen export markets of Asia, such as Japan and South Korea, where ADNOC and Fertiglobe have already sold multiple low-carbon ammonia pilot cargos for potential use in a wide range of industrial applications.

With its planned expansion in Europe, ADNOC is expected to further accelerate the delivery of UAE’s Hydrogen Leadership Roadmap, which has identified Germany as a key export market with a target of providing up to 25 percent of the country’s imported clean hydrogen.

Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber
Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber
MD & Group CEO – ADNOC
UAE Minister
Industry & Advanced Technology

“The UAE and Germany have a deep, longstanding bilateral relationship and a growing partnership in clean energy, helping to enable and accelerate the global energy transition. At ADNOC, we have ambitious growth plans for clean hydrogen, a critical tool in efforts to decarbonize hard-to-abate sectors, which we are actively delivering on to meet demand in Asia, and through today’s partnerships, Europe as well. We remain committed to working with like-minded partners across the public and private sectors to implement tangible projects that will supply the world’s energy needs while reducing carbon emissions.”

The German government’s National Hydrogen Strategy forecasts a clean hydrogen demand of up to 3 million tons per annum (Mtpa) by 2030 as part of its ambitious decarbonization efforts, of which around 60 percent is expected to be imported. Demand may grow to over 11 Mtpa by 2050.

The meeting affirmed agreements such as Cooperation agreements and low-carbon demonstration cargos, Individual agreements with German companies Aurubis, RWE, GETEC and STEAG, including the execution of the first low-carbon (blue) ammonia demonstration cargos, produced by Fertiglobe, from the UAE to Germany in 2022 for use in a variety of applications.

ADNOC entered into a JSA with Uniper and Hydrogenious of Germany and JERA to explore hydrogen transportation between UAE and Germany using Hydrogenious’ Liquid Organic Hydrogen Carrier (LOHC) technology. Under the agreement, the parties will explore the opportunity to scale up existing LOHC technology to help meet the growing global demand for the transportation of hydrogen.

ADNOC also signed an MoU with HHLA, a Hamburg-based logistics and transportation company specializing in port throughput and container and transport logistics and AD Ports Group to work on realizing Hamburg’s ambition to become a hydrogen import hub in Germany.

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