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ADNOC and TAQA to develop utilities facility at chemicals production hub


Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) and Abu Dhabi National Energy Company PJSC (TAQA) have signed an agreement to construct the utilities facility for TA’ZIZ, the new world-scale chemicals production hub currently under development at Ruwais, Abu Dhabi in the UAE

TA’ZIZ will accelerate the UAE’s broader economic growth and industrial diversification, with initial chemicals production expected in 2025. Under the terms of the utilities facility agreement, ADNOC and TAQA will jointly develop the power, steam, cooling, demineralised and waste water services to enable chemicals projects within the TA’ZIZ ecosystem.

Khaleefa Al Mheiri, acting CEO, TA’ZIZ, said, “ADNOC’s agreement with TAQA is the next milestone in the development of TA’ZIZ, as we continue to grow a globally competitive industrial ecosystem and highly attractive and competitive investor value proposition. Through the partnership between ADNOC and TAQA and related enabling investments in TA’ZIZ, we are well-placed to further strengthen our position as a world-scale chemicals and industrial hub and top destination for foreign direct investment, leveraging technology to further grow the UAE’s advanced manufacturing base.”

Farid Al Awlaqi, executive director of Generation at TAQA Group, added, “As a fully integrated utilities company, based here in Abu Dhabi, being able to provide such critical services for TA’ZIZ is at the core of what we do at TAQA.  In addition to supporting critical infrastructure development in our home market, this project advances the economic vision for the Emirate and the UAE.”

TA’ZIZ will catalyse the development of manufacturing and supply chain activities at Ruwais. Manufacturers will locate in the TA’ZIZ Light Industrial Zone, adjacent to the TA’ZIZ Industrial Chemicals Zone, off-taking TA’ZIZ chemicals to make value-added products for local and international markets. Suppliers will cluster in the TA’ZIZ Industrial Services Zone, to meet the growing needs for services in the Ruwais industrial area.

Contracts have been awarded for the first stages of development for the TA’ZIZ site, and work is already underway. Tenders for the Front-End Engineering and Design (Pre-EED/FEED) of the seven TA’ZIZ chemicals derivatives projects have been awarded. Final investment decisions for the projects and awards of related EPC contracts are being targeted for 2022.