Under the MoU, the two companies will enter a long-term partnership to create new markets for hydrogen and promote global clean energy value chains.

The MoU was signed on January 16 at Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW), initiating the exploration of a commercial-scale ammonia cracking plant, the process being based on udhe® reformer technology which is applied in over 130 chemical plants around the world.

Dr. Cord Landsmann, CEO at thyssenkrupp Uhde, said, “Countries in Europe depend on green hydrogen imports to decarbonise industry and society.

“Clean ammonia is the best way to transport hydrogen by ship, and together with ADNOC, we will deliver the last piece of the puzzle for global hydrogen trade at large scale.”

Musabbeh Al Kaabi, Executive Director, Low Carbon Solutions and International Growth Directorate at ADNOC claimed the company is ‘committed’ to creating new revenue streams and to grow the global market for hydrogen.

The agreement will lead to exploration of opportunities in the clean energy value chain for the supply and shipment of clean ammonia from the UAE to large-scale ammonia cracking facilities globally.

Ammonia is an ideal carrier of hydrogen due to it being easier to compress and transport and then cracked into hydrogen upon arrival before use in the energy value chain.

Last year, Oracle Power appointed thyssenkrupp Uhde to undertake a technical and commercial feasibility study for a green hydrogen and ammonia project in Pakistan.

The study determined the production and electrolyser power requirements of the plant along with cost estimates, technology and carbon intensity information.

Read more: Oracle Power appoints thyssenkrupp Uhde for green hydrogen and ammonia plant study in Pakistan

ADNOC announced last year that it had joined the Net Zero Technology Centre to act as a TechX Strategic Partner, alongside bp and Equinor to support hydrogen innovation.

The company now actively support the Net Zero Technology Centre in pioneering innovative technologies across multiple different fields with hydrogen set to be a key pillar in the activities.

Read more: ADNOC joins the Net Zero Technology Centre to support hydrogen innovation and investment

ADNOC announced in May 2021 that it will build a world-scale ‘blue’ ammonia plant at the TA’ZIZ industrial and chemicals hub in Ruwais, Abu Dhabi, providing a capacity of up to 1,000KT per year.

Last September, it shipped the first low-carbon ammonia cargo to Germany.

Read more: $1bn Abu Dhabi project will produce 200,000 tonnes of green ammonia from hydrogen

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