Qatar enters global hydrogen market with $1 billion plant
02 Sep 2022News
Qatar plans to build a billion-dollar plant to produce blue ammonia, a fuel that can be converted into hydrogen for countries looking to cut carbon emissions.
At the new time, the worldwide market is expected to grow for ammonia, which can be exported and converted into hydrogen, which is considered a clean fuel because it produces no carbon dioxide. Ammonia can be burned to generate electricity or used as fertilizer.
Qatar Energy Industries has signed an agreement with Qatar QSC and its subsidiary Qatar Fertilizer Company to develop a blue ammonia plant capable of producing 1.2 million tons per year, said Energy Minister and CEO Qatar Energy at the ceremony. Wednesday in Doha.
Germany's ThyssenKrupp AG and Greece's Consolidated Contractors Company have awarded the contract for the plant, named 'Ammonia-7', Qatar Energy said in a statement.
To make ammonia, hydrogen is combined with nitrogen. When hydrogen is extracted from natural gas and the carbon dioxide byproduct is captured, the resulting ammonia is considered "blue."
The Blue Ammonia plant, once operational in the first quarter of 2026, will capture and sequester approximately 1.5 million tonnes of carbon dioxide annually from the ammonia manufacturing process, the statement said. Qatar aims to develop carbon capture and storage facilities capable of sequestering 11 million tonnes of carbon dioxide per year by 2035.