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Posted On: 31 August 2022 06:05 pm
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Qatar to build world's largest blue ammonia facility

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QatarEnergy's affiliates, QatarEnergy Renewable Solutions and Qatar Fertiliser Company (QAFCO) signed agreements today, 31 August 2022, for the construction of the Ammonia-7 Project, the industry's first world-scale and largest Blue Ammonia project.

Blue Ammonia is produced when the CO2 generated during conventional Ammonia production is captured and stored. Blue Ammonia, which can be transported using conventional ships, can then be used in power stations to produce low-carbon electricity.

The announcement was made during a ceremony held today at QatarEnergy's headquarters in Doha to sign the project agreements, including the engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contract. Valued at approximately 1 billion USD, the EPC contract was awarded to a consortium of ThyssenKrupp and Consolidated Contractors Company (CCC).

The ceremony was attended by H.E. Minister of State for Energy Affairs, President & CEO of QatarEnergy Saad bin Sherida Al Kaabi.

Commenting on the occasion, HE Al Kaabi said: "Ammonia-7 is a landmark project for Qatar and for the industry as a whole. It builds on our expertise in installing, operating, and maintaining conventional ammonia plants to produce fertilizers. We are also building on our unique position in the renewables and carbon capture and sequestration space, as well as on our ideal logistical capabilities and advantages to supply differentiated, low carbon products and fuels to the world."

"Our investment in this project speaks to the concrete steps we are taking to lower the carbon intensity of our energy products, and is a key pillar of QatarEnergy's sustainability and energy transition strategy," His Excellency added.

Pursuant to the agreements signed today, QatarEnergy Renewable Solutions will:

  1. develop and manage integrated CCS facilities capable of capturing and sequestering about 1.5 million tons of CO2 per annum, to cater for the new Ammonia-7 plant;
  2. supply more than 35 MW of renewable electricity to the Ammonia-7 facility from its PV Solar Power Plant in MIC, which is currently under construction;
  3. develop and lead the process for certifying the product produced by the Ammonia-7 facility as Blue Ammonia, with the involvement of leading industry experts and relevant independent bodies; and
  4. be the sole off-taker and marketer of all Blue Ammonia produced by Ammonia-7.

QatarEnergy Renewable Solutions is a wholly owned affiliate of QatarEnergy charged with investing in and marketing of renewable energy and sustainability products and solutions within the State of Qatar and across the globe. QAFCO is the world's largest integrated single-site producer of Ammonia and urea, with a current production capacity of approximately 4 MTPA of Ammonia and 6 MTPA of urea.

The investment in Blue Ammonia and the expanded CCS facilities are part of the steps QatarEnergy is taking to deliver on its sustainability strategy, which emphasizes QatarEnergy's commitment, as a major energy producer, to the responsible production of clean and affordable energy to facilitate the energy transition. The strategy stipulates multiple initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, including flagship projects such as the further deployment of carbon capture and storage technology to capture over 11 million tons per annum of CO2 in Qatar by 2035.

Furthermore, H.E. Minister of State for Energy Affairs indicated that the Al Kharsaah plant for the production of electric power will be opened soon. He expected that QatarEnergy would achieve good growth in its profits in 2022 as a result of the rise in prices in global markets. The new plant will be located in Mesaieed Industrial City (MIC) and will be operated by QAFCO as part of its integrated facilities.

Source: QNA
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