UAE, Japan to study blue ammonia potential
The Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (Adnoc) on July 7 signed a joint study agreement (JSA) with Japan's Inpex Corp, Jera and the Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation (Jogmec) to explore the commercial potential of blue ammonia production in the UAE.
“This joint study agreement with Inpex, Jera and Jogmec provides a roadmap for us to deepen access to Japanese markets for Adnoc’s products and further strengthen the UAE’s hydrogen value proposition,” Adnoc CEO Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber said.
Japanese minister for economy, trade, and industry (Meti) Hiroshi Kajiyama said that in January, Meti and Adnoc signed a memorandum of cooperation (MOC) on fuel ammonia and carbon recycling.
“Since then, further progress has been made among relevant entities, and we are pleased with the signing of JSA on fuel ammonia by Adnoc, Inpex, Jera and Jogmec today. Japan hopes that today’s conclusion of JSA will lead to further progress in concrete efforts to the supply of fuel ammonia from Abu Dhabi to Japan,” Kajiyama said.
The JSA will provide a platform for Adnoc and its partners to explore supplying Japanese utility companies with blue ammonia produced in Abu Dhabi.
Adnoc added it is developing a blue ammonia production facility at the TA’ZIZ Industrial Chemicals Zone in Ruwais which will have a capacity of 1,000 kilotons/annum, and further opportunities in blue ammonia will be explored under the new agreement.
Blue ammonia is made from nitrogen and blue hydrogen derived from natural gas feedstocks, with the CO2 by-product from hydrogen production captured and stored. Ammonia can be used as a low-carbon fuel across a wide range of industrial applications, including transportation, power generation, and industries including steel, cement and fertiliser production.