Aramco said in a statement the German-based testing, inspection, and certification agency TÜV Rheinland granted the certifications to SABIC AN for 37,800 tonnes of blue ammonia and Aramco’s wholly owned refinery for 8,075 tonnes of blue hydrogen.

H2 View understands a significant part of the certification was formed from the capture and utilisation in of carbon dioxide from the manufacturing process of the hydrogen and ammonia.

The certifications represent a milestone for Aramco and SABIC in chasing goals of becoming global leaders in hydrogen and ammonia, with blue hydrogen production set to contribute to Aramco’s ambitions of achieving Net Zero scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

Olivier Thorel, Vice-President of Chemicals for Aramco, commented, “These certifications are the first of their kind in the world and signify a major milestone in our efforts to develop clean energy solutions, and advance our hydrogen and ammonia export capabilities.

“This independent recognition reinforces the work of Aramco and SABIC in decarbonising multiple sectors, including energy, aviation, transportation chemicals and fertiliser industries.”

In October 2021, Aramco announced it had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Modern Industrial Investment Holding Group and InterContinental Energy to see the development of a green hydrogen and ammonia project in Saudi Arabia.

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Abdulrahman Shamsaddin, CEO of SABIC Agri-Nutrients, said, “We are indeed proud of this certification, which is part of our journey towards carbon neutrality. We are confident of further boosting growth with our low carbon portfolio helping our fertilisers as well as chemicals customers achieve their very own sustainability ambitions.

“We are fully aware that the current global industry challenges related to climate change and greenhouse gas emissions will require us to accelerate our pace of innovation to further strengthen our sustainability commitment. We are well positioned to move forward in this direction.”

H2 View’s Hydrogen in India – Snap Summit

With the launch of its national hydrogen strategy in recent weeks and growing interest in India’s bold ambitions to de-leverage from traditional fossil fuel-based energy, H2 View stages a Snap Summit to address the country’s path forward in hydrogen.

India plans to manufacture five million tonnes of green hydrogen per annum by 2030 and not just meet its own climate objectives but become a production and export hub for the clean fuel.

Some sources question a lack of detail over the wider ecosystem while others still point to the country’s reliance on coal power. Yet, the world’s third-largest energy consuming country is already embracing renewable energy, its solar power sector is moving forward, and data suggests coal’s hold over India’s power sector is steadily loosening. The grid is already evolving.

The question is, how can a renewable energy powerhouse fast-track to true sustainability with green hydrogen? Join H2 View and a programme of global hydrogen leaders to unlock answers and insights for the short, medium, and long-term future in India.

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