Strategic Alliance between ENGIE, Fertiglobe and Masdar: Interview with Stephan Gobert

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Strategic Alliance between ENGIE, Fertiglobe and Masdar: Interview with Stephan Gobert

A consortium led by French utility developer and investor ENGIE expects to take a final investment decision (FID) on a 150MW green hydrogen-based ammonia production facility planned in Ruwais, Abu Dhabi by the fourth quarter of 2023.

“We expect to reach FID before Cop28,” Stephan Gobert, senior vice president for hydrogen at Engie, tells MEED, referring to the 28th Conference of the Parties to be held in Dubai in November.

Gobert adds they expect the project to reach commercial operation by early 2026.

France’s Technip Energies is undertaking the detailed design for the project.

Engie agreed to co-develop the project in partnership with Abu Dhabi-listed petrochemicals firm Fertiglobe and UAE clean energy firm Masdar.

The facility will support green ammonia production and will be installed near Fertiglobe’s ammonia production plants, with Fertiglobe as the sole long-term offtaker.

The planned facility is the first project arising from a strategic alliance between ENGIE and Masdar, which was announced in December 2021.

The planned UAE-based green hydrogen hub will require an investment of up to $5bn. The two companies are looking to develop projects with a capacity of at least 2GW by 2030, with a total investment in the region of $5bn, ENGIE said at the time.

In September, ENGIE took the final investment decision in the development of an industrial-scale renewable hydrogen project to be located in the Pilbara region of Western Australia.

Scheduled to complete in 2024, the first phase of the Yuri project will produce up to 640 tonnes of renewable hydrogen a year as a zero-carbon feedstock for Yara Australia’s ammonia production facility in Karratha.

The project will include a 10MW electrolyser powered by an 18MW solar photovoltaic power plant and an 8MW battery energy storage system.

Source: MEED

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