(OFFICIAL) Qatar to Build World’s Largest “Blue” Ammonia Plant – QatarEnergy

Qatar Energy’s new logo is pictured during a news conference in Doha, Qatar October 11, 2021. Qatar News Agency/Handout via REUTERS

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DOHA, Aug 31 (Reuters) – QatarEnergy will build the world’s largest “blue” ammonia plant, which is expected to come on stream in the first quarter of 2026 and produce 1.2 million tonnes a year, the chief executive and minister said. of State Energy Saad al-Kaabi said on Wednesday.

While conventional ammonia production emits CO2 if done with fossil fuels, when producing blue ammonia any carbon dioxide generated is captured and stored.

The cost of the Ammonia-7 project is around $1.06 billion, according to a press release issued by QatarEnergy subsidiary Qatar Industries. At a press conference, Kaabi had quoted an erroneous figure.

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The facility will capture and sequester 1.5 million tonnes of carbon dioxide per year throughout the manufacturing process, he added.

“We are seeing growing interest in using ammonia as a fuel, driven by the need to reduce CO2 emissions in the energy ecosystem,” Kaabi said.

Ammonia is primarily made from hydrogen produced from natural gas and nitrogen from the air. It does not emit CO2 when burned.

It is mainly used as a feedstock for fertilizers and chemicals, but it can also be used as a low-carbon fuel in power plants.

Thyssenkrupp and Consolidated Contractors Company are the project contractors.

(This story officially corrects the figure erroneously quoted by the minister in paragraph 3)

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Reporting by Andrew Mills; Written by Nadine Awadalla; Editing by Maha El Dahan, Jason Neely, Jan Harvey and Angus MacSwan

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