July 9 (Renewables Now) – Multi-energy and water utility Abu Dhabi National Energy Company PJSC (TAQA) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Abu Dhabi Ports to explore the development of an industrial-scale green hydrogen-to-ammonia project in Abu Dhabi.
The partners are interested in turning green hydrogen into liquid ammonia to supply ships converted to use ammonia as bunker fuel, and export the ammonia via specialised gas carriers from Abu Dhabi Ports, TAQA said.
The electrolysis unit would be connected to a 2-GW solar PV farm, which will be built at the Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (KIZAD), an industrial park located near Abu Dhabi Ports-run Khalifa Port. KIZAD would also accommodate the electrolyser and the ammonia production plant.
The project also includes plans for a storage facility at Khalifa Port with a direct pipeline to the ammonia plant.
The plans are still at discussion level, according to TAQA, which said that the companies will now work together on developing proposals for the industrial-size project, with the goal to turn Khalifa Port into a major hub for green ammonia exports to international markets.
“Combining the global reach of Abu Dhabi Ports with the energy and water know-how and established technology partnerships of TAQA could open up exciting opportunities for both companies, for our shareholders and for Abu Dhabi,” added Jasim Husain Thabet, TAQA’s Group Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director.