ABU DHABI, 18th January, 2023 (WAM) — Abu Dhabi Chemicals Derivatives Company RSC Ltd (TA’ZIZ) announced today the signing of a shareholder agreement with Fertiglobe, GS Energy Corporation (GS Energy) and Mitsui & Co., Ltd. (Mitsui), to develop an anticipated 1 million tons per annum low-carbon ammonia production facility at the TA’ZIZ Industrial Chemicals Zone.
The move is a further step in the project’s journey towards a final investment decision (FID).
The facility will reinforce Abu Dhabi’s position as a leader in low-carbon fuels and capitalise on the growing demand for low-carbon ammonia as a carrier fuel for clean hydrogen. The agreement builds on ADNOC’s deep experience in Carbon Capture, Utilisation and Storage (CCUS), Fertiglobe’s world-leading ammonia capabilities, and Mitsui and GS Energy’s leading roles in industrial decarbonisation.
It follows several agreements signed by ADNOC to explore hydrogen supply opportunities with customers in key demand centres including the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan, Japan’s Mitsui and Korea’s GS Energy.
Khaleefa Yousef Al Mheiri, TA’ZIZ Acting Chief Executive Officer, said, “This is a significant milestone in the development of our low-carbon ammonia business and further strengthens the UAE’s hydrogen value proposition. We are building on the collective strengths of our partners and shareholders to develop the first-of-its-kind large-scale low-carbon ammonia project in the Middle East and North Africa.
“As we continue to grow our manufacturing base in Al Ruways Industrial City, the UAE is well-placed to meet increasing global demand for chemicals while strengthening our position as a world-scale chemicals and industrial hub and top destination for local and international investment.”
The shareholder agreement highlights the exceptional international investor interest in TA’ZIZ and follows ADNOC and Fertiglobe’s recent sales of low-carbon ammonia demonstration cargos to customers in Japan, Korea and Germany.
Low-carbon ammonia is made from hydrogen derived from natural gas feedstocks and nitrogen, with the carbon dioxide produced captured and stored. Ammonia can be used as a low-carbon fuel for applications, including transportation and power generation and in industries, such as steel, cement and fertilisers.
The project will benefit from the UAE’s position as a major producer and reserves holder of natural gas and leader in CCUS. The CCUS process uses advanced technology to prevent CO2 from entering the atmosphere after it is expended in industrial processes. ADNOC operates Al Reyadah, the region’s first industrial-scale CCUS facility, with an 800,000 tons per year of CO2 capture capacity.
TA’ZIZ continues to advance at pace with site preparation underway and strategic agreements signed for the development of a world-scale ethylene dichloride (EDC), chlor-alkali, polyvinyl chloride (PVC) production facility with Reliance Industries and Shaheen, and with Proman for a world-scale methanol facility.
The total investment in the first phase of TA’ZIZ will be in excess of $5 billion (AED18 billion), with most of the chemicals produced to be created in the UAE for the first time. All agreements are subject to regulatory approvals.