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ADNOC announces expansion of carbon capture programme

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ADNOC is expanding its carbon capture utilisation and storage (CCUS) programme, according to Dr Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, UAE Minister of State and Group CEO of the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC).

Speaking at the panel session titled ‘Thought-Leaders in Oil and Gas’, at the International Carbon Capture Utilization and Storage (ICCUS) conference in Saudi Arabia, Dr Al Jaber reinforced ADNOC’s commitment to responsible oil and gas production as the company delivers its 2030 strategy, noting that the company is on track to expand its CCUS capacity at least fivefold by 2030 as part of its holistic sustainability goals.

Commenting alongside Amin H. Nasser, CEO of Saudi Aramco, Olivier Le Peuch, CEO of Schlumberger and Ovais Sarmad, Deputy Executive Secretary of UNFCCC, Dr Al Jaber explained how CCUS is enabling ADNOC to significantly lower its greenhouse gas (GHG) intensity and maintain its best-in-class sustainability and environmental, social, and governance (ESG) performance.

Dr Al Jaber said: “ADNOC’s CCUS programme reinforces our position as the least-carbon intensive oil and gas producer in the world. It is also an important enabler of our holistic 2030 sustainability goals, specifically our target to reduce greenhouse gas intensity by 25%.

“As we drive our CCUS targets, we are focusing on innovative and cost-effective solutions that make economic sense. And we are building on the foundation set by the Founding Father of the UAE, His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, to help ensure ADNOC remains best-in-class in sustainability and ESG performance.”

ADNOC’s CCUS programme is also enabling the company to maximise value from its hydrocarbon reserves through enhanced oil recovering (EOR), liberating the cleaner-burning natural gas to cater for growing demand, Dr Al Jaber said.

Currently, ADNOC’s Al Reyadah facility in the emirate of Abu Dhabi has the capacity to capture 800 000 tpy of carbon dioxide (CO2). ADNOC plans to expand the capacity of this programme by over 500% capturing CO2 from its own gas plants, with the aim of reaching 5 million tpy of CO2 by 2030 – the equivalent of the annual carbon capture capacity of over 5 million acres of forest, over twice the size of the UAE.

Detailing how ADNOC plans to achieve its CCUS targets, Dr Al Jaber highlighted that ADNOC’s Shah gas plant has the potential to enable 2.4 million t of CO2 to be captured while its Habshan and Bab plant could enable the capture of almost 2 million t of CO2.

Dr Al Jaber also noted that ADNOC’s CCUS expansion is an integral part of its recently announced broader sustainability goals that will help ensure the company produces more energy with less environmental impact.

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