Qatar Fertiliser Company (QAFCO) has awarded an EPC contract valued at around US$1.06bn for a blue ammonia train to a consortium of thyssenkrupp Uhde and Consolidated Contractors Company (CCC)
The Ammonia-7 project, which is planned to be completed by the first quarter of 2026, will be the world’s largest blue ammonia facility, according to QatarEnergy, whose affiliate QatarEnergy Renewable Solutions is developing the project along with QAFCO. Using uhde ammonia technology, the single-train plant, which will be located in Mesaieed Industrial City (MIC), will have a record capacity of 3,500 metric tons/day.
His Excellency Saad Sherida Al-Kaabi, the Minister of State for Energy Affairs, chairman and managing director of Industries Qatar said, “Ammonia-7 is a landmark project for Qatar and for the industry as a whole. It builds on our expertise in installing, operating, and maintaining conventional ammonia plants to produce fertilisers. We are also building on our unique position in the renewables and carbon capture and sequestration space, as well as on our ideal logistical capabilities and advantages to supply differentiated, low carbon products and fuels to the world.
“Our investment in this project speaks to the concrete steps we are taking to lower the carbon intensity of our energy products and is a key pillar of QatarEnergy’s sustainability and energy transition strategy.”
Martina Merz, CEO thyssenkrupp AG, said, “thyssenkrupp has a long-standing business relationship with Qatar, and we are delighted to sign this contract today. With our proven technology and innovation expertise we are laying the foundation towards sustainable solutions jointly with our customers.”
Blue Ammonia is produced when the CO2 generated during conventional Ammonia production is captured and stored. It can be transported using conventional ships and can then be used in power stations to produce low-carbon electricity.
QatarEnergy Renewable Solutions will develop and manage integrated CCS facilities capable of capturing and sequestering around 1.5mn tons of CO2 per annum, to cater for the new Ammonia-7 plant.
The investment in blue ammonia and the expanded CCS facilities are part of the steps QatarEnergy is taking to deliver on its sustainability strategy.