ADNOC & Siemens to pilot blockchain in low-carbon energy certificates

By Arya M Nair, Official Reporter
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Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) and Siemens Energy have partnered to pilot blockchain technology to certify the carbon intensity of a range of products.

By using smart sensor data gathered from across ADNOC’s operational chain, from the oil well right to the customer, the pilot will show how much CO2 was used to make products such as Murban crude, ammonia, and aviation fuels. This information will be automatically recorded onto a decentralized blockchain ledger.

Such transparency will allow independent regulators to certify the carbon intensity of products. It will also give customers greater confidence and clarity over the carbon footprint of their purchases.

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Abdulmunim Saif Al Kindy
Executive Director
People, Technology & Corporate Support

“People typically associate blockchain technology with cryptocurrencies, but the use of decentralized ledgers has significant implications for the energy industry. This pilot promises to shine a digital spotlight on our manufacturing processes. It will show the world why energy supplied by ADNOC is among the least carbon-intensive in the oil and gas industry.”

The low-carbon energy certificate initiative forms part of a broader memorandum of understanding (MoU) between ADNOC and Siemens Energy. Under the agreement, specialists from both companies will co-create technologies to accelerate decarbonization and the transition to clean energy. They will collaborate at ADNOC’s state-of-the-art innovation facility in Abu Dhabi.

Other areas under joint development include electrification and “Power-to-X” technologies to produce green hydrogen and its derivatives, including synthetic CO2-derived products.

Dr. Fahad Al Yafei, Chief Technology Officer, Siemens Energy Middle East, said that “By leveraging our unique knowledge and expertise of certificates of sustainability, Siemens Energy will work with ADNOC to develop solutions for the benefit of the energy industry. Investing in innovation and the co-creation of technologies are vital tools for reducing emissions and meeting Net-Zero targets.”

The collaboration between ADNOC and the Siemens Energy Innovation Centre, signed at the Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference (ADIPEC), will commence by the end of the fourth quarter of 2022. The agreement was signed by Ms. Sophie Hildebrand, Chief Technology Officer, ADNOC and Dr. Al Yafei.

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