Abu Dhabi, Thyssenkrupp join forces to ‘crack’ ammonia for hydrogen

Cord Landsmann and Musabbeh Al Kaabi signing the agreement in Abu Dhabi this week (ADNOC)
The Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (Adnoc) has signed a memorandum of understanding with German engineer Thyssenkrupp to develop ammonia plants for the emerging global hydrogen market.

Adnoc will use Thyssenkrupp’s “uhde reformer” technology, which uses steam to “crack” ammonia’s molecular chains to release hydrogen.

Adnoc said the long-term goal included shipping ammonia from the UAE to cracking plants around the world.

In May 2021, the company announced a million-tons-a-year ammonia factory at the Ta’ziz industrial hub, and it has shipped demonstration cargoes of low-carbon ammonia to customers in Germany and Asia.

“Countries in Europe, along with many others, are looking to clean hydrogen imports to decarbonise industry and society,” said Thyssenkrupp’s chief executive Cord Landsmann.

“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 clean hydrogen trade at large scale.”

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