ACME has selected KBR to provide ammonia synthesis technology for its new green hydrogen & ammonia production facility to be built in Duqm, Oman. The project was first announced in March 2021, and has now grown to $3.5 billion in investment size, with energy to be provided by 3 GW of solar panels and 0.5 GW onshore wind power. The 2,400 tonnes per day (or 0.9 million tonnes per year) renewable ammonia facility is planned to be operational in 2022. Note, KBR’s new contract is for a 300 tonnes per day plant, indicating a much smaller size for the project’s initial phase.
Under the terms of the contract, KBR will provide technology license, engineering, proprietary equipment, catalyst, and commissioning services for a plant to produce 300 metric tons per day of ammonia. The plant will be an integrated facility using solar and wind energy to produce green ammonia.
“This facility, aimed towards exporting green ammonia to Europe and Asia, will be the first project of this scale,” said Manoj K Upadhyay, Founder & Chairman, ACME Group. “We selected KBR technology because of its high yields and lowest energy consumption and look forward to a successful project implementation.”KBR official press release, 11 October 2021
Green ammonia in Oman
Already in 2021 we’ve seen a number of big announcements in Oman:
- DEME Concessions and OQ’s new HYPORT® green ammonia project, also in Duqm.
- Uniper’s announcement they will negotiate an off-take contract for the HYPORT® project.
- And InterContinental Energy and OQ’s new green SuperGiant in the Oman desert, powered by 25 GW of wind and solar.