To support the climate-neutral transformation of industry, ADNOC announced that it is exploring new opportunities to create a low-carbon ammonia value chain with state government and industry representatives in Germany’s North Rhine-Westphalia.
The declaration was made after a memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed by the North Rhine-Westphalia government, ADNOC, and Currenta GmbH & Co. OHG (Currenta), a provider of chemical industry services that oversees and runs Chempark, one of the biggest chemical sites in Europe, which has locations in Leverkusen, Dormargen, and Krefeld-Uerdingen. The nitrogen and hydrogen compound ammonia can be utilised as a low-carbon fuel in a variety of industrial settings, including transportation, power generation, and the manufacture of steel, cement, and fertiliser.
Mona Neubaur said: “We will do our utmost to expand the capacities for the generation of renewable energies and for the production of other climate-neutral energy carriers such as green hydrogen in this country as much as possible. However, it is also clear that we will have to import various green energy sources in large quantities in order to cover our needs and to achieve our climate protection goals. We are now building partnerships and a broad import infrastructure to supply our industry. The basis for our cooperation is diversification with many countries.”
The agreement’s main focus will be on the manufacture, transportation, and use of low-carbon ammonia as a fuel for energy production, including large-scale testing at Currenta’s facility in Dormagen, Germany.
Musabbeh Al Kaabi, Executive Director, Low Carbon Solutions and International Growth Directorate, ADNOC said: “Our fast-growing ammonia business is enabled by the UAE’s abundant and competitive energy resources. As a responsible global energy provider, ADNOC is committed to meeting the growing global demand for lower-carbon intensity energy. In doing so, we are very pleased to partner with the Government of North Rhine-Westphalia and Currenta to jointly decarbonize Germany’s vital industrial heartland.”
Frank Hyldmer, CEO of Currenta said: “Ammonia has the potential to play an important role in decarbonization – for example as a hydrogen carrier or as a fuel in heat generation. As a chemical park operator with large steam and heat generation plants, Currenta is observing very closely to see whether it succeeds in realizing this potential. An important factor here is the development of global supply chains for ammonia. We therefore welcome and support the commitment of the state of NRW to work with ADNOC to advance such value chains.”