ACWA and POSCO to explore green H2 and NH4 production

26 July 2022

ACWA Power, the prominent Saudi based developer and operator of power generation, has signed a memorandum of understanding with POSCO Holdings, the holding company of South Korea’s POSCO Group.

The agreement will involve the joint development of green hydrogen and its derivatives such as green ammonia, to decarbonise POSCO Group’s power generation, and its steel manufacturing processes, along serving other Korean clients of POSCO Group.

Green hydrogen and ammonia produced by the partners through new green field investments will support POSCO Group’s ambitious target to produce 500 000 tonnes of hydrogen globally by 2030. The group’s output will be used in applications across diverse industries including the company’s own power generation needs, construction, energy, and support other industrial off-takers in South Korea.

As of 2021, POSCO, the steel making company of POSCO Group, has the capacity to produce 42.9 million metric tonnes of steel annually, making it the sixth largest steel producer in the world, and the largest in South Korea.

ACWA Power, alongside Saudi Arabia’s NEOM and Air Products, is developing the first at-scale green hydrogen project in Saudi Arabia. When complete in 2026, the project will produce 1.2 million tonnes of green ammonia per year for the purposes of decarbonising industries, making it the world’s largest facility of its kind.

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