South Korean consortium to build renewable ammonia production in UAE

Second overseas project in 2022

Representatives from the project partners sign the new agreement in Abu Dhabi. Source: KIZAD/Reuters.
Click to learn more. Representatives from the project partners sign the new agreement in Abu Dhabi. Source: KIZAD/Reuters.

KEPCO, Samsung C&T, and Korea Western Power will join forces with UAE-based developer Petrolyn Chemie to construct a renewable ammonia production plant in the KIZAD Industrial Area near Abu Dhabi. Renewable energy generation, electrolysis and Haber Bosch will be used in the new plant, which will be built over two phases: 35,000 tonnes initially, scaling up to a full capacity of 200,000 tonnes ammonia production per year.

Details are limited at this stage. The announcement marks the second overseas ammonia project launched by a Korean consortium this year. In January, Samsung Engineering, POSCO and Lotte Chemical agreed to develop a significant export project in Sarawak, Malaysia, featuring 600,000 tonnes production of both renewable (hydroelectric) and CCUS ammonia.

Hydrogen law update

A new amendment to South Korea‚Äôs hydrogen law has almost completed its legislative journey. In a bid to encourage uptake and streamline development of a country-wide ecosystem, a legal definition for clean hydrogen and certification guidelines will be officially adopted by the Korean government. Grading of clean hydrogen will be based entirely on carbon emissions during production, not technology pathways. Korea’s Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy (MOTIE) indicates the new amendment will take effect in December this year.

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