New Delhi: ADNOC Gas, a subsidiary of Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) focussed on gas, has awarded a $615-million Carbon Capture, Utilisation and Storage (CCUS) project to Petrofac. The project is being hailed as one of the largest CCUS projects in the Middle East and North Africa region. “ADNOC Gas plc, a large-scale integrated gas processing company, announced today it has awarded a $615 million (AED2.26 billion) Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contract to Petrofac Emirates for constructing carbon capture units, pipeline infrastructure and a network of wells for carbon dioxide (CO2) injection at the Habshan gas processing plant, as part of ADNOC’s accelerated decarbonisation plan,” said ADNOC Gas in a statement on Tuesday.
The Habshan CCUS project is one of the largest carbon capture projects in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region and will have the capacity to capture and permanently store 1.5 million tons per annum (MTPA) of CO2 within geological structures deep underground. “ADNOC Gas will be responsible for building, operating and maintaining the project on behalf of ADNOC,” said the company.
Ahmed Mohamed Alebri, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of ADNOC Gas, said, “Integrated carbon capture projects, such as the Habshan CCUS project, are essential building blocks for ADNOC Gas to achieve its decarbonisation goals. This project represents our commitment to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions while unlocking new and attractive commercial opportunities for delivering sustainable, lower-carbon growth for the Company. This large-scale project reaffirms our steadfast commitment to maximising energy output while minimising our emissions, steering us toward a more sustainable and environmentally responsible future.” CCUS projects are recognised by both the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the International Energy Agency (IEA) as a critical decarbonisation enabler in achieving global climate goals.
Tareq Kawash, Petrofac’s Group Chief Executive, said, “By accelerating plans to make energy cleaner, the UAE is investing in its future. We look forward to combining our CCUS expertise and UAE project delivery experience to support ADNOC Gas in delivering on their decarbonisation plans, maximising energy output while minimising emissions, and helping to support the UAE’s energy transition.”
The Habshan CCUS project is expected to be comissioned in 2026. CO2 will be injected and placed for permanent storage in ADNOC Onshore’s Bab Far North Field, located approximately 150 miles southwest of Abu Dhabi.
Building on ADNOC’s landmark carbon capture facility, Al Reyadah, which has the capacity to capture up to 800,000 tons of CO2 per year, the Habshan CCUS project could support enhanced oil recovery of low carbon-intensity barrels and the production of low-carbon feedstocks such as hydrogen, to help customers decarbonise their operations, said ADNOC Gas. “Using best-in-class technology, the Habshan CCUS project will triple ADNOC’s carbon capture capacity to 2.3 MTPA, equivalent to removing over 500,000 gasoline-powered cars from the road per year,” the statement added.