Green hydrogen for existing ammonia plants
Masdar and ENGIE will lead development of a 200 MW green hydrogen facility to supply Fertiglobe’s existing ammonia production plants in al-Ruwais, UAE. The announcement is the first “concrete action” taken by the pair following a $5 billion strategic alliance signed in December, with the goal of developing at least 2 GW electrolysis capacity in the UAE by 2030. For Fertiglobe, the project helps accelerate their decarbonisation roadmap, and follows on from a similar announcement in Egypt (100 MW of electrolysers to begin decarbonising the Ain Sokhna ammonia plant).
The production of green hydrogen in the UAE will be a significant milestone in its green transition, helping the country achieve its ambitious net-zero targets for 2050. Moreover…we will aid the creation of local jobs and give the UAE a competitive edge in the fast-growing hydrogen economy. This will enable some of the most intensive carbon producing industries – in particular, transportation and mobility, industry and agriculture – to go carbon neutral.Frederic Claux, ENGIE MD (Thermal and Supply AMEA) in OCI’s official press release, 19 Jan 2022
Blue & green for al-Ruwais
Fertiglobe are already part of a consortium developing a new build, million-tonne-per-year blue ammonia plant in al-Ruwais. Last year UAE state-run oil giant ADNOC welcomed Fertiglobe, Mitsui & Co. and GS Energy onto the project, which is due for FID this year, and startup in 2025. This isn’t the first blue project in al-Ruwais either, with another of Fertiglobe’s current production facilities – Fertil – undergoing retrofits to install carbon liquefaction, transport and storage technologies.