Coinciding with the visit of the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan in the United Kingdom, the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company “ADNOC”, the Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company “Masdar” and the British company “BP “have signed strategic cooperation agreements to expand the areas of bilateral partnership between the UAE and the UK in the field of sustainability, including the development of two centers for clean hydrogen In the UAE and the UK, a production capacity of 2 gigawatts.
The agreements reflect the partners’ leadership in technology-based solutions to help reduce the impacts of climate change, as well as their joint commitment to seek to create new technology-based economic opportunities to reduce carbon emissions locally and internationally, according to to the Emirates news agency, WAM.
Under the agreements, ADNOC, BP and Masdar are cooperating to develop two clean hydrogen centers in the UK and UAE, with an initial production capacity of 1 gigawatt each, in each country, in based on the role of the UAE as a major investor in a series of the largest offshore wind energy projects in the UK.
This project is in in line with the goal of reducing emissions in all economic sectors by 23.5% contained in the UAE’s nationally determined contributions and the UK’s recently announced commitment to produce 5 gigawatts of low-carbon hydrogen by 2030.
ADNOC and BP will also jointly identify potential areas for cooperation in carbon capture and storage projects and best techniques used in methane detection. Masdar and BP are also working together to explore opportunities to develop, build and operate sustainable energy and transportation solutions in urban centers.
These agreements leverage the integrated infrastructure and energy resources available in the UAE and the UK, whereby partners can benefit from the abundance of renewable energy sources and their proximity to important future demand centers for hydrogen and its fuels.
Carbon capture and storage facilities are a key element in technologies and projects to reduce carbon emissions around the world, and examples of these successful and commercially applied projects are the “Al Riyada” plant in the United Arab Emirates. and the Teesside project in the United States.
Reduction of emissions
The UAE is adopting an established policy to reduce gas flaring and the potential cooperation of partners in new methane sensing technologies will help improve the positive impact of carbon reduction strategies in both countries. Methane, whose impact is more than eighty times that of carbon dioxide, remains a top priority for projects and technologies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, reflecting the joint effort of the partners to activate monitoring and analysis platforms for detection of methane.
The joint Smart Decision Center initiative, which has been agreed between ADNOC and BP, also supports projects for the development of digital capabilities and remote work applications, which helps to achieve a qualitative leap in performance management and support operational processes. in the two companies, including the lifting of energy efficiency.
BP and Masdar will explore potential opportunities to develop, build and operate energy and transportation services in urban centers around the world, including energy efficiency, renewable energy generation and distribution, and energy storage.
All the initiatives envisaged by the strategic agreements are subject to the related regulatory approvals.
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