The United Arab Emirates plans to invest 600 billion dirhams until 2050 in clean energy, when they aim to integrate 44% of clean energy into their energy mix.
Sustainable development is one of the key elements of the UAE’s Vision 2021, which aims to preserve the environment and the social and economic development of the country. As the world moves towards net zero energy, the United Arab Emirates is a leader among oil and gas producing countries in developing clean energy as an alternative to fossil fuels and a driver of sustainable prosperity. .
The UAE 2050 Energy Strategy aims to achieve an energy mix that combines renewable and low-carbon energy sources to achieve strategic economic and environmental goals. The United Arab Emirates plans to invest 600 billion dirhams until 2050 in clean energy, when they aim to integrate 44% of clean energy into their energy mix. Hydrogen will be a key part of this strategy, with the UAE positioning itself as a low-cost producer and exporter of blue and green hydrogen, as well as liquid ammonia, produced from hydrogen.
Work is already underway on megaprojects aimed at developing the hydrogen economy in the United Arab Emirates. One of the many projects under development is the two gigawatt green ammonia project from Taqa, Abu Dhabi National Energy Company and Abu Dhabi Ports. The project will produce green hydrogen and transform it into liquid ammonia, which will be used in ships as bunker fuel and for export.
Meanwhile, Abu Dhabi’s Khalifa Industrial Zone (Kizad) has announced plans for a billion dollar green ammonia plant, which will produce 200,000 tons of green ammonia from 40,000 tons of green hydrogen. In addition, Masdar has partnered with Siemens Energy, Abu Dhabi Ministry of Energy, Etihad Airways, Lufthansa, Marubeni Corporation and Khalifa University to develop an electrolysis facility to produce green hydrogen for the transport industry.
And, in Ruwais, the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (Adnoc) is developing a blue ammonia project at its downstream industrial hub, which will have a capacity of 1,000 kilotons per year. Adnoc has also formed an alliance with ADQ and Mubadala to accelerate the use of hydrogen in key economic sectors including utilities, transportation and industry. The alliance aims to make Abu Dhabi a trusted supplier of low-carbon green and blue hydrogen to emerging international markets. In line with this initiative, ADNOC has already sold a shipment of blue ammonia to Japan’s INPEX for use in power generation, a pioneer in the export of clean energy from the UAE.
UAE leaders recognize that for a successful hydrogen-based economy, key elements must be in place, including the right infrastructure, technological readiness and market access. The UAE’s long and successful track record in energy and transportation infrastructure, the deployment of advanced digital technologies, and a history of a trusted and reliable energy partner to the world’s growing economies will give it a competitive advantage as producers of fossil fuels seek to provide net zero energy. by 2050.
With the widespread use of green hydrogen, the UAE could secure a secure energy future, while creating jobs and supporting new industries that would contribute to economic diversification and environmental sustainability. Gastech, which will take place in Dubai from September 21-23, is where the global gas, LNG, hydrogen and energy industry will come together to discuss and formulate a roadmap for the low carbon energy future. With increasing pressure to decarbonize, while ensuring affordable energy for all, Gastech will be the ideal platform for the UAE to demonstrate its commitment to a cleaner, greener and more sustainable energy future, with hydrogen at its heart.
The author is President-Energy, dmg events. The opinions expressed are his own and do not reflect the policy of the publication.