Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (KIZAD), a subsidiary of Abu Dhabi Ports, today announced the formation of a green ammonia production facility, the first of its kind in the United Arab Emirates.
Helios Industry, a privately-owned special project vehicle company (SPV), plans to invest over AED3.67 billion (USD1 billion) in the construction of the facility over several years, which it aims to develop with local and international partners in two phases and is projected to produce 200,000 tonnes of green ammonia from 40,000 tonnes of green hydrogen targeting regional and international markets.
The Helios facility located in KIZAD, will be powered by a dedicated 800-megawatt solar power plant within KIZAD in the near future, with capacity of 100MW in phase 1.
Abdullah Al Hameli, Head of Industrial Cities & Free Zone Cluster, Abu Dhabi Ports, said: “The adoption of sustainability and green technology has gained significant traction within the GCC and greater MENA region over the past few years.
“Abu Dhabi Ports is proud to be the host of an innovative company like Helios Industry, and one of the region’s first green ammonia plants with zero carbon emission. We are committed to the growth and success of our customers and strive to continue supporting responsible manufacturers who are helping bring about increased sustainability across industries, whilst simultaneously enhancing the level of green knowledge and awareness within the UAE.”
The plant will use solar power to electrolyse water and split molecules into Hydrogen and Oxygen. At peak capacity, 40,000 tonnes of the green hydrogen released in this process will be used to produce 200,000 tonnes of green ammonia.
M.K. Saiyed, Managing Director of Helios Industry, said: “Caring for the environment is a shared responsibility. We are committed to pioneering investment and development efforts to produce sustainable and clean energy for the future in the UAE. We aim to improve continually upon all aspects of the world we operate in – Our Stakeholders, Environment, Health, Social, Economic – all designed to create a cleaner planet and a better tomorrow for all humanity. Our project is an excellent illustration of our vision: to create, innovate, accelerate, and drive the transition to cleaner energy for a sustainable and better world.”
According to Helios Industry, the newly announced facility will be the first production plant within Abu Dhabi to produce green ammonia from hydrogen using renewable energy. Upon completion, the plant is expected to reduce CO2 emissions by an excess of 600,000 tonnes annually, equivalent to the amount of pollution generated by roughly 140,000 vehicles if conventional methods are employed for Ammonia production.