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  • ADNOC and STEAG agree on ammonia pilot

    Memorandum of Understanding signed during Germany’s federal minister for economic affairs and climate action’s delegation trip to UAE

    Abu Dhabi/Essen. STEAG is one of various partners from German energy industry, Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) has signed agreements with during a delegation trip of Robert Habeck, German Minister for economic affairs and climate actions, to the United Arab Emirates (UAE). ADNOC and STEAG agreed on a sample delivery of carbon-reduced ammonia to be used for separation and capture of nitrogen oxides from the flue gases of STEAG’s German power plants.

    “The agreement signed could be the first step to establish a long-term cooperation with a partner who is planning to play a crucial role for the supply of the European Union with hydrogen and its byproducts on a large scale,’ says Dr. Ralf Schiele, member of STEAG’s management board.

    Ammonia for clean air in Germany
    According to the recent memorandum of understanding, ADNOC will supply STEAG with a first amount of ‘blue’ ammonia produced on basis of hydrogen from natural gas. With that ammonia STEAG is running the process of separating nitrogen oxides from flue gases coming out of its German power plants. In mid-term perspective, ADNOC and its partners are planning to set up a ‘green’ ammonia production based on energy from renewable sources.

    In December 2021, it was announced that the UAE will create a global clean energy powerhouse intended to spearhead the country‘s drive to net-zero carbon by 2050. Consolidating their combined efforts in renewable energy and green hydrogen, ADNOC, Abu Dhabi National Energy Company PJSC (TAQA), and Mubadala Investment Company (Mubadala) will partner under the Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (Masdar) brand. The partnership between three Abu Dhabi champions will have a combined current, committed, and exclusive capacity of over 23 Gigawatts (GW) of renewable energy, with the expectation of reaching well over 50GW total capacity by 2030 and aspirations to grow this figure further.

    Further topics for broadening cooperation
    Topics to be discussed in future between the partners reach from forthcoming hydrogen delivery to cooperation on the field of solar energy where STEAG’s subsidiary STEAG Solar Energy Solution (SENS) has proven to be very experienced.

    ‘We are willing to deepen talks on these aspects in the near future since we see great opportunities for both partners to gain profit from each other’s specific competences,’ Dr. Andreas Reichel, chairman of STEAG’s management board, is giving an outlook.

    Thanks to Federal Government for making delegation trip happen
    Finally, Andreas Reichel on behalf of STEAG, expresses his thanks to Minister Robert Habeck for organizing the delegation trip which STEAG could participate in. 'The trip and the opportunity to get in close and personal contact with our partners in the UAE was extremely helpful and speeded up talks. The Minister deserves great thanks for having made this happen,’ is Andreas Reichel really satisfied with the trip’s outcomes.


    Photo: STEAG was part of the delegation trip by Federal Minister of Economic Affairs Robert Habeck to the United Arab Emirates. The long-established Essen-based company was represented on site by Stefanie Rehpöhler (right, behind BM Habeck), who at STEAG is responsible in particular for the large-scale hydrogen project in Duisburg-Walsum. The other people in the picture are (from left to right. ): Ahmed Al Kuttab (ADNOC), Eugene Vogel (JERA), Niek den Hollander (Uniper), Abdullah Al Hameli (Abu Dhabi Ports), Daniel Teichmann (Hydrogenious), Roland Harings (Aurubis), Robert Habeck (Federal Minister of Economics), Stefanie Rehpöhler (STEAG), Khaled Salmeen (ADNOC), Guido Zimmermann (GETEC Group), Markus Krebber (RWE), Yaser Almazrouei (ADNOC).