Helios Industry to invest $1bn in KIZAD’s green ammonia plant

By Ashika Rajan, Trainee Reporter
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Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (KIZAD), a subsidiary of Abu Dhabi Ports, has announced the establishment of a green ammonia production facility that would serve regional and international markets.

Helios Industry, a privately-owned special project vehicle company (SPV), expects to invest about $1 billion in the facility’s construction over several years. The project is expected to produce 200,000 tonnes of green ammonia from 40,000 tonnes of green hydrogen and will be developed in two phases with local and international partners.

Shortly, the Helios facility in KIZAD will be powered by a dedicated 800-megawatt (MW) solar power plant within KIZAD, with a capacity of 100MW in phase 1.

Mr. Abdullah Al Hameli, Head of Industrial Cities and Free Zone Cluster, Abu Dhabi Ports remarked that “the adoption of sustainability and green technology has gained significant traction within the GCC and greater Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region over the past few years. Abu Dhabi Ports is proud to be the host of an innovative company like Helios Industry, and one of the region’s first green ammonia plants with zero carbon emission. We are committed to the growth and success of our customers and strive to continue supporting responsible manufacturers who are helping bring about increased sustainability across industries, whilst simultaneously enhancing the level of green knowledge and awareness within the UAE.”

The plant will electrolyze water and split molecules into Hydrogen and Oxygen using solar electricity. At full capacity, this process will produce 200,000 tonnes of green ammonia from 40,000 tonnes of green hydrogen discharged.

Mr. M. K. Saiyed, Managing Director of Helios Industry pointed out that “caring for the environment is a shared responsibility. We are committed to pioneering investment and development efforts to produce sustainable and clean energy for the future in the UAE. Our project is an excellent illustration of our vision: to create, innovate, accelerate, and drive the transition to cleaner energy for a sustainable and better world.”

The newly announced facility will be the first in Abu Dhabi to produce green ammonia from hydrogen using renewable energy, according to Helios Industry. When compared to the conventional methods for ammonia production, the new plant is expected to reduce CO2 emissions by more than 600,000 tonnes per year, which is equivalent to the pollution produced by nearly 140,000 vehicles.

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