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Abu Dhabi’s ADNOC sends first shipment of low-carbon ammonia to Germany

Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) has shipped its first shipment of low carbon ammonia to Hamburg, Germany.

It is the first-ever low-carbon ammonia cargo to be shipped to Germany and will be delivered to Hamburg-headquartered Aurubis, a global supplier of non-ferrous metals and one of the world’s largest recyclers. of copper in the world. Upon arrival in Germany, Hamburger Hafen und Logistik (HHLA) will take care of the shipment.

Produced by Fertiglobe, a partnership between ADNOC and OCI, the demonstration cargo is the first of several test cargoes sold to customers in Germany as ADNOC expands its partnership across the hydrogen value chain. Aurubis plans to use low-carbon ammonia as a raw material in its wire rod plant, testing its application as a low-carbon energy source for industrial use, he said. said in a statement.

Dr Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, Minister of Industry and Advanced Technologies of the United Arab Emirates and Managing Director and CEO of ADNOC Group, said: “This demonstration cargo of low carbon ammonia builds on the long-standing bilateral relationship between the UAE and Germany and our growing partnership in the clean sphere. energy.

“Our collaboration with customers in Germany also underscores ADNOC’s ambitious growth plans for clean hydrogen production and its carrier fuels such as ammonia, which will play a critical role in decarbonizing hard-to-reduce industrial sectors. We are committed to accelerating and deepening private and public sector collaboration on clean hydrogen projects that will reduce carbon emissions and the carbon intensity of the energy that sustains our daily lives.

Roland Harings, CEO of Aurubis, said: “As the most efficient and sustainable foundry network in the world, Aurubis delivers metals that are essential for megatrends such as renewable energy, electric mobility and digitization. and therefore for decarbonization. To ensure stable processes at our sites, we are expanding our portfolio of reliable energy sources and thus investing in the decarbonisation of our production at the same time. This first ADNOC low-carbon ammonia test expedition represents an important milestone in our long-term vision of hydrogen solutions that will help us achieve our decarbonization goals.

“I am very pleased that our international and national trading partners and the port are leading the way with these real-world trials of industry decarbonization. We need these concrete results and this commitment to support the rise of a green hydrogen economy. Hamburg as a European industrial location and distribution port is a model for this transformation and is therefore also at the center of German concerns,” added HE Michael Westhagemann, Hamburg Senator for Economy and Innovation.

The shipment follows a number of low-carbon ammonia sales to customers in Asia. Last year, ADNOC said it would send its first shipment of blue ammonia to Japan’s Itochu Corp. for use in the production of fertilizers.

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ADNOC plans to increase its hydrogen production to supply up to 25% of imported hydrogen to major global markets. Germany’s National Hydrogen Strategy projects clean hydrogen import demand of around 3 million tonnes per annum (mtpa) by 2030 and up to 15 mtpa by 2050.