Abu Dhabi [UAE], November 23:Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company PJSC (Masdar), one of the world's leading renewable energy companies, has partnered with Emirates Steel Arkan to develop an innovative green hydrogen project to decarbonise the hard-to-abate steel sector in the UAE.
The pilot project is the first-of-its-kind in the Middle East and North African region. Located in the Emirates Steel Arkan production facilities at the Industrial City of Abu Dhabi, the project is currently in the installation phase.
Electrolysers have already been delivered to the site to help produce 'green steel', a premium product sought after by global manufacturers eager to meet their net-zero goals. Expected to be commissioned in early 2024, the project will demonstrate the use of green hydrogen - instead of natural gas - to extract iron from iron ore, a key step in steelmaking.
The rising global demand for green steel, presents huge growth potential for the UAE's steel industry as the country aspires to be among the frontrunners to decarbonse the global steel value chain. The project shows how clean energy and heavy industry partners in the UAE are taking urgent action to accelerate decarbonisation. It is also a significant step in enabling the UAE's strategy of making the country one of the world's largest hydrogen producers by 2031.
Steel manufacturing contributes between 7 and 8 percent of worldwide carbon emissions. Decarbonising this industry holds the key to propelling the world towards a net-zero future. With the UN climate change conference COP28 set to begin in the UAE at the end of this month, innovative projects that halt emissions without stifling progress will be a focus of international attention.
Active in over 40 countries and with a total electricity generation capacity of over 20GW, Masdar is targeting 100GW by 2030. Masdar will have a strong presence during COP28 in Expo City, Dubai, where it plans to showcase innovative projects including this pioneering partnership with Emirates Steel Arkan.
Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi, CEO of Masdar, said, "Masdar is very pleased to be partnering with Emirates Steel Arkan on this innovative project to decarbonise this vital sector. Steel is an essential commodity driving economic growth and creating jobs and this project presents huge potential for reducing emissions while increasing trade. Masdar has been pioneering renewable energy projects around the world for more than 17 years. The UAE will once again demonstrate its climate leadership by hosting COP28 in a few days' time. As the country's clean energy powerhouse, Masdar will continue to harness the power of innovation and partnership to create a cleaner, greener tomorrow."
Eng. Saeed Ghumran Al Remeithi, Group CEO of Emirates Steel Arkan, added, "We strongly believe in the power of collaboration to achieve our ambitious decarbonisation roadmap and are delighted to partner with Masdar to realise this goal, known for its successful track record in developing and implementing sustainable energy solutions in the UAE and globally. As the first steel company in the MENA region, and among the pioneers worldwide to adopt green hydrogen for sustainable steel production, this project represents a major milestone in our commitment to realise our company's sustainability objectives."
By embracing cutting-edge technologies and fostering strategic collaborations, we are spearheading the industry's shift towards a more sustainable future, in harmony with the UAE's strategic commitment to achieving Net Zero by 2050.
Source: Emirates News Agency