Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) today announced that its first shipment of low carbon ammonia has left the United Arab Emirates (UAE) bound for Hamburg, Germany. This is the first-ever low-carbon ammonia cargo to be shipped to Germany.
The demonstration cargo will be delivered to Aurubis, one of the world’s leading suppliers of non-ferrous metals and one of the world’s largest copper recyclers, headquartered in Hamburg. Upon arrival in Germany, Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA), one of the leading logistics companies in Europe, will take care of the cargo.
Produced by Fertiglobe, a partnership between ADNOC and OCI, at its Fertil factory in Abu Dhabi’s Ruwais Industrial Complex, the demonstration cargo is the first of several test cargoes sold to customers in Germany as ADNOC expands its partnership strategic energy source across the hydrogen value chain. The shipment follows a number of similar low carbon ammonia sales that have been made to customers in Asia. Aurubis plans to use low-carbon ammonia as a raw material in its wire rod plant, testing its application as an additional low-carbon energy source for industrial use. The hydrogen it contains has the potential to be a low-carbon energy alternative for energy-intensive processes in the production of several metals.
This is another milestone in the planned scale-up of low-carbon hydrogen and ammonia production capacity in Abu Dhabi, where ADNOC is developing a new low-emission ammonia plant. global carbon footprint of one million tonnes per year at TA’ZIZ, the chemicals, industrial services and logistics hub in the Ruwais industrial complex.
His Excellency 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. into clean energy. It highlights ADNOC’s growing role as a trusted exporter of low-carbon fuels, as the UAE focuses on industrial growth opportunities as part of the energy transition.
“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.
Angela Titzrath, CEO of HHLA, said, “With its experience in port handling and logistics of containerized dangerous goods, its extensive network of port terminals, hinterland connections and intermodal hubs across the Europe, HHLA is pleased to facilitate the import of hydrogen and its derivatives. in Germany and Europe within the framework of the strategic energy partnership.
HE Michael Westhagemann, Hamburg’s Senator for Economy and Innovation, said: “I am very pleased that our international and national business partners and the port are leading the way with these real-world trials to decarbonise the industry. . 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 the focus of German attention.
During the visit of HE Dr. Robert Habeck, German Vice-Chancellor and Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Climate Action to the United Arab Emirates in March 2021, ADNOC signed agreements with a number of companies German companies to explore opportunities for collaboration in low-carbon and renewable hydrogen derivatives.
Building on its pioneering position in hydrogen production, ADNOC plans to significantly increase its hydrogen production to support the UAE’s ambition 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 while, according to research from the Hydrogen Council, hydrogen could satisfy up to 18% of the world’s energy demand.
Low-carbon ammonia is the most promising large-scale hydrogen carrier and potential clean fuel for a wide range of applications, including transportation, power generation, and industry, including the production of steel, cement and fertilizers. It is made from clean nitrogen and hydrogen derived from natural gas feedstocks, with the carbon dioxide by-product from hydrogen production being captured and stored.
Source: Abu Dhabi National Oil Company