QatarEnergy, a state-owned petroleum company, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with General Electric (GE), an American multinational conglomerate, to collaborate on developing a carbon capture roadmap for the energy sector in Qatar.
The MoU is to explore the feasibility of developing a world-scale carbon hub at Ras Laffan Industrial City, which as of today, is home to more than 80 GE gas turbines. This latest move is the result of QatarEnergy’s strong commitment to mitigating the effects of climate change.
It was signed by Mr. Ahmad Saeed Al Amoodi, QatarEnergy’s Executive Vice-President, Surface Development & Sustainability and Mr. Joseph Anis, President and CEO of GE Gas Power Europe, Middle East, and Africa.
“This MoU affirms QatarEnergy’s Sustainability Strategy and our efforts to implement effective measures to curb emissions and produce cleaner energy using the latest proven emissions reduction technologies. We are pleased to work with GE, who is a strategic partner, to pursue all available avenues including the use of clean energy carriers such as hydrogen as a fuel for gas turbines coupled with efficient and affordable carbon capturing technologies from such turbines, on an unprecedented scale, to achieve a substantial reduction in CO2 emissions.”
Mr. Anis stated that “QatarEnergy has a clear vision to lead the transition to a lower carbon industrial landscape. GE has been honored to support the development of Qatar’s energy infrastructure for decades and we are delighted to collaborate with QatarEnergy on their evolving sustainability journey.”
QatarEnergy has recently updated its Sustainability Strategy, which outlines multiple initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, including flagship initiatives such as the further deployment of carbon capture and sequestration technology to capture over 11 million tons per annum of CO2 in Qatar by 2035.
The roadmap includes the development of carbon capture and sequestration, the utilization of hydrogen, and the potential usage of ammonia in GE gas turbines to reduce their carbon emissions.