Abu Dhabi has initiated discussions on the development of an industrial-scale green hydrogen to ammonia export project.
Partners in the project and Abu Dhabi National Energy Company PJSC (TAQA) and Abu Dhabi Ports will explore the development a green ammonia production, storage, bunkering and export facility at the Khalifa Industrial Zone. The new facility would fueled by green hydrogen produced from a 2GW solar photovoltaic plant.
The green hydrogen would be turned into liquid ammonia to supply ships converted to using ammonia bunker fuel and for export from Abu Dhabi Ports via specialized gas carriers. The project will also feature a storage facility at Khalifa Port, seeking to become a hub for exporting green ammonia to international markets including Europe and the East Asia.
The solar farm, electrolyzer and the ammonia production plant will all be situated in the Khalifa Industrial Zone and have pipeline connections directly to the Khalifa Port storage facility.
“Green hydrogen requires large-scale low carbon electricity production and desalinated water. TAQA is an internationally recognized leader in both of these,” said Jasim Husain Thabet, TAQA’s Group CEO and Managing Director. “We are pleased to have opened discussions with our partner Abu Dhabi Ports on developing proposals for a major industrial scale facility that, if it goes ahead, would place Abu Dhabi at the heart of the emerging market for green hydrogen.”
Carbon-free ammonia, aka green ammonia, is synthesized from nitrogen and green hydrogen, which is produced using renewable energy rather than fossil fuels. Both are expected to play a key role in decarbonization efforts since they can be burned without emitting carbon dioxide.
“This potential collaboration aims to address regional and global green energy needs, as well as supporting the goal of our nation’s leadership to position Abu Dhabi at the heart of the new emerging green energy market,” said Captain Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, Group CEO of Abu Dhabi Ports.
“With its strategic location between the East and the West, its proximity to KIZAD and Zonescorp, as well as the multimodal connectivity through sea, air and land linking Abu Dhabi to global markets, Khalifa Port is in an ideal position to become a major hub for green hydrogen and its derivatives exports to all international markets.”