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ADNOC announces hydrogen strategic partnerships with Germany

25 March 2022

Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) announced on March 21 that it has signed new memorandum of understanding (MoU) and joint study agreements (JSA) with counterparts in Germany in order to accelerate and deepen collaboration in clean hydrogen.

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ADNOC is planning to significantly grow its clean hydrogen production with a planned expansion into Europe to complement its existing hydrogen activities in Asia. The announcement is part of ADNOC’s aim to accelerate the delivery of the United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) Hydrogen Leadership Roadmap, which has identified Germany as a key export market with a target of providing up to 25% of the country’s imported clean hydrogen. As part of its decarbonisation drive, the German government’s National Hydrogen Strategy expects clean hydrogen demand of up to 3 million tons per annum (Mtpa) by 2030, of which around 60% is expected to be imported. Demand may grow to over 11 Mtpa by 2050.

The latest agreements, which were announced during a visit to the UAE by Germany’s Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Climate Action, Dr. Robert Habeck, build upon the longstanding Emirati-German Energy Partnership as well as the Ministerial Emirati-German Hydrogen Task Force that was inaugurated in November 2021, ADNOC said.

The following agreements were announced during the visit:

Cooperation agreements and low-carbon demonstration cargos

Individual agreements with German companies Aurubis, RWE, GETEC and STEAG to explore opportunities for collaboration in low-carbon and renewable hydrogen derivatives, including the execution of the first low-carbon (“blue”) ammonia demonstration cargos, produced by Fertiglobe, from the UAE to Germany in 2022 for use in a variety of applications.

Fertiglobe is a key strategic partner for ADNOC in ammonia, and ADNOC will provide low-carbon ammonia to its partners in Germany that is produced by Fertiglobe at its Fertil plant in the Ruwais Industrial Complex in Abu Dhabi. The sales represent a further milestone in the planned scale-up of blue ammonia production capabilities in Abu Dhabi. In addition, ADNOC and its partners are investing in a new world-scale 1 million metric tons per annum blue ammonia project at TA’ZIZ in Ruwais, subject to regulatory approvals. ADNOC, with its partners, is also exploring various opportunities in green hydrogen.

Joint Study Agreement between ADNOC, Hydrogenious, JERA, Uniper 

ADNOC entered into a JSA with Uniper and Hydrogenious of Germany and JERA to explore hydrogen transportation between UAE and Germany using Hydrogenious’ Liquid Organic Hydrogen Carrier (LOHC) technology. Under the agreement, the parties will explore the opportunity to scale up existing LOHC technology to help meet growing global demand for the transportation of hydrogen.

Memorandum of Understanding between ADNOC, HHLA and AD Ports Group

ADNOC entered into a MoU with HHLA, a Hamburg-based logistics and transportation company specializing in port throughput and container and transport logistics and AD Ports Group to work on realizing Hamburg’s ambition to become a hydrogen import hub in Germany.

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