Under an agreement, the companies will conduct a joint feasibility study on exploring the production of SAF, renewable diesel, naphtha, and other products using municipal solid waste and renewable hydrogen, in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
The companies are set to evaluate the feasible and commercial viability of the project, and if the conclusions are positive, the partners have said they will target working towards developing the region’s ‘first’ commercial-scale production capacity for the renewable fuels in Abu Dhabi.
According to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), SAF produced from feedstocks such as solid waste and renewable hydrogen has the potential to reduce lifecycle carbon emissions by up to 80% when compared to conventional jet fuel.
The agreement comes after renewable energy firm Masdar’s had a shakeup of its stakeholders in December (2022), seeing Abu Dhabi National Energy Company (TAQA), Mubadala Investment Company, and Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) take up stakes, with plans of progressing renewable energy and green hydrogen projects.
Last January, the Net Zero Technology Centre announced ADNOC would act as a TechX strategic partner alongside bp and Equinor to support hydrogen innovation.
A Masdar-led consortium in April (2022) signed two agreements to develop two green hydrogen projects in Egypt targeting a total 4GW of electrolysis capacity by 2030.
In November (2022), the consortium signed a framework agreement with Egyptian state-backed organisations to develop one 2GW project in the Suez Canal Economic Zone (SCZONE).
Additionally, bp at the end of 2022 signed an agreement with the Egyptian Government to explore establish green hydrogen production in the country with a view to exporting the clean energy carrier.
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