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ADNOC: First Bulk Shipment of CCS-Enabled Certified Low-Carbon Ammonia Delivered to Japan

by Madaline Dunn

ADNOC has announced that it has delivered the world’s first certified bulk commercial shipment of low-carbon ammonia, which is enabled by carbon capture and storage (CCS), to Mitsui & Co., Ltd. (Mitsui). This delivery will be used in clean-power generation in Japan, it was shared. 

The cargo, sourced from Fertil, Fertiglobe’s 100 per cent-owned facility located in the Ruwais Industrial City, Abu Dhabi, will see the carbon dioxide (CO2) captured and permanently stored in the “world’s first” fully sequestered CO2 injection well in a carbonate saline aquifer.

Further, it was noted that  TÜV SÜD, an international certification agency, conducted the low-carbon certification process from production to delivery. 

Musabbeh Al Kaabi, ADNOC Executive Director for Low Carbon Solutions and International Growth, said: “Hydrogen and its carrier fuels, such as ammonia, will play a critical role in decarbonizing hard-to-abate industrial sectors, and we will continue to work with our customers to advance these solutions and help them reduce their emissions.”

ADNOC reportedly aims to capture 5 per cent of the global low-carbon hydrogen market by 2030, in line with the UAE’s National Hydrogen Strategy. 

According to ADNOC, low-carbon ammonia is the “most promising at-scale hydrogen carrier” and potential clean fuel for applications, such as transportation, power generation and industrial, including steel, cement, and fertiliser production.

Junji Fukuoka, Managing Officer of Mitsui, said: “We have worked together with ADNOC, METI and stakeholders in Japan to deliver this first bulk commercial shipment of CCS-based low-carbon ammonia. Mitsui has continued to enhance our relationship with ADNOC since we first began our participation in ADNOC LNG in 1973, and recently we have joined TA’ZIZ low-carbon ammonia project. 

Energy solutions remain a strategic focus for Mitsui, thus, we are excited to commence this large-scale clean hydrogen and ammonia value chain with ADNOC in light of global climate action.”

ADNOC also shared that it has begun design work for a facility in Abu Dhabi that will produce up to 360,000 tonnes of low-carbon hydrogen per year by capturing up to 3 million tonnes of CO2.

The company and its partners, TA’ZIZ, Fertiglobe, G.S. Energy Corporation and Mitsui, are also developing a 1 million tonnes per year (mtpa) low-carbon ammonia facility at the TA’ZIZ Industrial Chemicals Zone.

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