In a critical milestone towards the global roll-out of industrial carbon capture and storage (CCS), the world’s first commercial carbon capture facility on a steel production plant has been launched in the Middle East.

Not only is the Al Reyadah project in Abu Dhabi the first commercial-scale carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS) facility in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), it is also the first to capture carbon dioxide (CO2) from an iron and steel works in the world.

In total, the project is expected to capture and store 800,000 tonnes of annual CO2 emissions.

Developed by Abu Dhabi’s Carbon Capture Company Al Reyadah, the project is a joint venture between Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) and the clean technology and renewable energy arm of the Abu Dhabi Government Masdar, holding 51% and 49%, respectively.

The operation will capture CO2 from Emirates Steel’s manufacturing site and transfer it to Al Reyadah’s plant for compression and dehydration before being transported via a pipeline stretching 43kms to ADNOC’s North East Bab oilfields for enhanced oil recovery (EOR).

Based in Abu Dhabi’s Mussafah industrial area, Al Reyadah’s inaugural CCUS project commenced construction in July 2013 and is one of only 22 large-scale CCUS ventures either in operation or under construction worldwide.

Leadership

Al Reyadah, meaning ‘leadership’ in Arabic, is the first company in the MENA region focused on developing commercial-scale CCUS projects. Deployment of its technology in Abu Dhabi is now expected to free up more natural gas for electricity generation, water desalination and other industrial uses.

Arafat Al Yafei, CEO of Al Reyadah, enthused, “With anthropogenic CO2 available in significant volumes from various industrial sources, it is our objective at Al Reyadah to meet ADNOC’s demand for CO2, supporting its ambitious plans to increase oil and gas production capacity while at the same time contributing to the United Arab Emirates’ (UAE’s) overall sustainable growth strategy, as well as the global effort to mitigate climate change.”

His Excellency Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, UAE Minister of State, added, “Al Reyadah is a prime example of how clean technology can be integrated with traditional energy to create efficiency and optimise resources. It also unlocks another potential revenue stream in the industrial sector, encouraging the wider application of commercially viable CCUS technologies globally.”