Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) and GE Gas Power have announced a joint co-operation initiative to develop a decarbonisation roadmap that includes reducing carbon emissions from gas turbines used to power ADNOC’s downstream and industry operations, including those at the huge Ruwais Industrial Complex, in Abu Dhabi in the UAE. 

The initiative supports the UAE Net Zero by 2050 Strategic Initiative and strengthens ADNOC’s stated position as one of the world’s least carbon-intensive oil and gas producers. The announcement follows the recent clean power agreement between ADNOC and Emirates Water and Electricity Company (EWEC) and enhances ADNOC’s pathway to decarbonisation while enabling sustainable future growth. 

Under the terms of the initiative, ADNOC and GE will explore using hydrogen and hydrogen-blended fuels for lower-carbon power generation; evaluating introducing ammonia as a fuel to power ADNOC’s GE gas turbines; integrating carbon capture solutions at ADNOC’s power generation facilities; and joint research and development (R&D) programmes to develop innovative solutions to reduce carbon emissions from gas-based power generation. 

Joseph Anis, president and CEO of GE Gas Power Europe, Middle East and Africa said: “Energy-intensive industries such as oil and gas, smelters, petrochemicals, aviation, and others, will play an important role in the UAE’s energy transition. Hydrogen and hydrogen-blended fuels, ammonia, and carbon capture solutions, offer pathways to near-zero carbon emissions from gas power generation, without compromising on the reliability of electricity supplies – this is critical for industrial growth.” 

The announcement is a continuation of ADNOC and GE’s existing co-operation in enhancing the performance and sustainability of ADNOC’s operations. This has included improving the efficiency and performance of ADNOC Refining’s General Utilities Plant (GUP) in Ruwais, with upgrades to installed GE gas turbines increasing power output while utilising the same amount of fuel.