UAE firms unveil plan to produce region’s first ‘green steel’

    31 Aug 2021

    Abu Dhabi National Energy Company, better known as TAQA, has announced a partnership with Emirates Steel to develop a large-scale green hydrogen project enabling the first green steel produced in the MENA region.

    Under the agreement, TAQA and Emirates Steel will consider utilising green hydrogen to optimise clean steel production level, Arabian Business reports.

    The hydrogen will enable green and low carbon steel manufacturing, saving energy while creating a sustainable and clean manufacturing process, a statement said.

    The memorandum of understanding also lays the groundwork for the project design to be expanded to meet the anticipated growth in international demand for low carbon steel.

    Jasim Husain Thabet, TAQA’s group CEO and managing director, said: “Finding commercially viable industrial-scale solutions like this is key to unlocking the potential of green hydrogen as an emerging clean energy source. TAQA is uniquely well-placed in this region to combine our world-leading solar PV, water and energy know-how to unlock opportunities that work for our stakeholders.”

    Saeed Ghumran Al Remeithi, CEO of Emirates Steel, added: “The production of green steel through a sustainable and clean manufacturing process based on green hydrogen supports Emirates Steel’s efforts to preserve the environment and its natural resources.”

    Emirates Steel is a member of the world steel Climate Action Program and its products conform with local and global green buildings rating systems.

    TAQA and Abu Dhabi Ports recently announced an MoU for the development of an industrial scale green ammonia manufacturing and export facility.

    The new plant would be fuelled by hydrogen produced from power generated by a 2GW solar PV power plant.

    Green hydrogen will form a valuable part of TAQA’s 2030 strategy for growth, which includes growing its gross power capacity from 18GW to 30GW in the UAE and adding up to 15GW internationally. This increase in capacity will focus on renewable energy – particularly solar PV – to comprise more than 30% of its generation portfolio by 2030.Will hydrogen save the planet from climate change? Let’s check with us here.

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