Studies completed for $1bn Abu Dhabi green hydrogen and ammonia project

8 Apr 2022
Studies completed for $1bn Abu Dhabi green hydrogen and ammonia project

Technical and financial feasibility studies have been completed for the estimated $1bn green hydrogen and green ammonia project in Abu Dhabi’s Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (Kizad)

Technical and financial feasibility studies have been completed for the estimated $1bn green hydrogen and green ammonia project in Abu Dhabi’s Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (Kizad).

Energy & Utilities reported in August 2021 that Germany’s Thyssenkrupp had been appointed by the UAE’s Helios Industry, the special purpose vehicle established to develop the Kizad green hydrogen and ammonia project, as technical adviser for the scheme.

According to sources close to the scheme, Thyssenkrupp has completed the technical study for the planned green hydrogen and green ammonia scheme, which will involve the development of a water electrolysis plant as well as a facility for sustainable ammonia production. Both are planned to be located at the Kizad industrial development in Abu Dhabi. Financial studies for the $1bn plant are also believed to have been completed.

The planned facility will integrate thyssenkrupp’s green hydrogen and green ammonia technologies with the first phase set to incorporate a multi-megawatt electrolyser plant and an initial ammonia production facility with a capacity of 20,000 tonnes per annum, with plans to increase this to 200,000 tonnes per annum.

The project, which is planed to be developed in two phases, will be powered by 800MW of solar power and produce 200,000 tonnes of green ammonia from 40,000 tonnes of green hydrogen.

About Helios Industry

Helios Industry, a privately-owned special project vehicle company (SPV), plans to invest over AED3.67 billion ($1 billion) in the construction of the facility over several years, which it aims to develop with local and international partners in two phases and is projected to produce 200,000 tonnes of green ammonia from 40,000 tonnes of green hydrogen. The Helios facility located in Kizad, will be powered by a dedicated 800-megawatt solar power plant within Kizad. The plant will use solar power to electrolyse water and split molecules into Hydrogen and Oxygen. At peak capacity, 40,000 tonnes of the green hydrogen released in this process will be used to produce 200,000 tonnes of green ammonia.

The project at Kizad is one of two low-carbon ammonia plants being developed in Abu Dhabi.

In May 2021, Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (Adnoc) announced its intention to develop a large blue ammonia project at its downstream centre in Ruwais. It will have a capacity of 1,000 kilotonnes a year.

The blue ammonia facility is currently in the design phase and will be built within the Ta’ziz industrial complex at Ruwais. Ta'ziz, a $5bn joint venture between Adnoc and ADQ, announced in June 2021 that Fertiglobe, a joint venture of the local Orascom Construction Industries and UAE-based Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (Adnoc), had agreed to join the project.

In November 2021, Japan’s Mitsui and South Korea’s GS Energy Corporation joined Ta’ziz and Fertiglobe as equity partners in the project in addition to signing offtake agreements to off-take significant volumes of low-carbon blue ammonia to meet demand from industrial sectors in Japan and South Korea.

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