UAE: Adnoc-Masdar JV unveils first carbon project
The project, which is now operational, aims to sequester up to 800,000 metric tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO₂) per year
Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (Adnoc) and Masdar have jointly developed the first carbon capture utilisation and storage (CCUS) plant in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.
The project, which is now operational, aims to sequester up to 800,000 metric tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO₂) per year.
Developed by Abu Dhabi’s Carbon Capture Company Al Reyadah, a joint venture between Adnoc and Masdar, the project harnesses CO₂ emitted by Abu Dhabi-based steel producer, Emirates Steel Industries (ESI), before injecting it as a substitute for rich gas into the emirate’s oil reservoirs to help enhance their output.
Based in Abu Dhabi’s Mussafah industrial area next to Emirates Steel Industries, Al Reyadah’s inaugural CCUS project started construction in July 2013. The project is one of only 22 large-scale CCUS ventures, either in operation or under construction worldwide, and the first to capture CO₂ from an iron and steel works.
Dr Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, UAE Minister of State, Adnoc chief executive and chairman of Masdar, said: "The launch of this first commercial-scale CCUS project in MENA further demonstrates the UAE’s global energy leadership, and its ongoing commitment to advancing the industry through the application of innovative technology. Al Reyadah is a prime example of how clean technology can be integrated with traditional energy to create efficiency and optimise resources.
“This project will allow for the more productive use of a valuable commodity, natural gas, whether for power generation, or as petrochemicals feedstock, or for export. It also unlocks another potential revenue stream in the industrial sector, encouraging the wider application of commercially viable CCUS technologies globally.”
The CCUS technology now deployed in Abu Dhabi will free up more natural gas for electricity generation, water desalination and other industrial uses while enhancing oil recovery.
Suhail Mohammad Faraj Faris Al Mazrouei, UAE Minister of Energy, said: "Al Reyadah demonstrates the true potential behind integrating hydrocarbon resources and clean technology to maximise value. It also reinforces the UAE’s successful efforts to drive innovation through the implementation of cutting-edge technology, which contributes to our national agenda of building a knowledge-based economy."
The technology works in three stages. Carbon dioxide is first captured on site at the Emirates Steel manufacturing complex before being compressed and dehydrated. The third step involves conveying the CO2 via a 43-km underground pipeline for Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) injection into Adnoc’s NEB (Al Rumaitha) and Bab onshore oilfields.
Abdulmunim Al Kindy, the chairman of Al Reyadah and Adnoc’s director of exploration and production, said: "Al Reyadah brings together the decades-long experience and operational expertise of Adnoc and Masdar’s proven ability to innovate commercially viable and clean technology solutions that enable us to capture carbon, enhance oil recovery and liberate gas. It’s a win-win innovation."
Emirates Steel CEO Saeed Al Romaithi said it is the first steelmaker in the world to capture CO₂ emissions. “Through this unique collaboration, we are aiming to capture, reuse and store 800,000 tonnes of CO₂ from our steel plant each year, supporting Abu Dhabi’s sustainability objectives,” he noted.
A joint venture between Adnoc (51%) and Masdar (49%), Al Reyadah is potentially the first phase of an industrial-scale CCUS network aimed at reducing the carbon footprint of the Abu Dhabi economy and supporting the expansion of a low-carbon power generation industry.