Expanded German partnerships build on ADNOC’s strong position in Asian clean hydrogen markets
Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) announced, today, 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.
As part of its ambitious decarbonization 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, a press statement indicated.
ADNOC, an established hydrogen producer with plans to significantly grow its clean hydrogen production, continues to develop its footprint in the fast-growing clean hydrogen export markets of Asia, such as Japan and South Korea, where ADNOC and Fertiglobe, a strategic partnership between OCI and ADNOC, that is listed on the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange (ADX), have already sold multiple low-carbon ammonia pilot cargoes for potential use in a wide range of industrial applications.
With its planned expansion in Europe, ADNOC is expected to further 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.
Recent agreements, which were announced during the visit to the UAE of His Excellency Dr. Robert Habeck, German Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Climate Action, build upon the longstanding Emirati-German Energy Partnership as well as the Ministerial Emirati-German Hydrogen Task Force that was inaugurated in November 2021.
“We remain committed to working with like-minded partners across the public and private sectors to implement tangible projects that will supply the world’s energy needs, while reducing carbon emissions and the carbon intensity of the energy that supports our everyday lives,” commented HE Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, UAE Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology and ADNOC Managing Director and Group CEO.
“The accelerated scale-up of hydrogen supply chains is key for our transition to sustainable energy and for achieving the decarbonisation goals in line with our commitments under the Paris Agreement,” remarked Dr. Habeck.
Cooperation agreements and low-carbon demonstration cargoes
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 cargoes, 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.
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.
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.