Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA) wants to replace natural gas with hydrogen and hydrogen-blended fuels for combustion in its GE Gas Power turbines.

A move which will support the UAE’s decarbonisation targets, the introduction of hydrogen for the turbines will provide firm power on demand and supply reliable energy required to support EGA’s operations and growth. 

Carbon capture and storage (CCS) solutions will also be explored as part of the effort, with EGA and GE Gas Power Europe having inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Sunday (Nov 28) for the conversion.

EGA currently has 33 natural gas turbines, with a total power generation capacity of 5,200MW, that could each be decarbonised with the hydrogen and CCS solutions.

Under the MoU, EGA and GE also hope to set up a joint steering committee to further drive decarbonisation.

Abdulnasser Bin Kalba, CEO of EGA, said, “Aluminium has an important role to play in the development of a more sustainable society, and it also matters how sustainably aluminium is made.

“This work with GE will enable us to determine how we can reduce the carbon intensity of our power generation over the years ahead including by switching to hydrogen and is an important step in our journey to ensure EGA’s aluminium can play its full part in helping the world tackle the generational challenge of climate change.

“It will also contribute to the achievement of the UAE’s Hydrogen Leadership Roadmap.”

Mariam bint Mohammed Almheiri, Minister of Climate Change and the Environment, added, “Decarbonising industries is a major pillar of the UAE Net Zero by 2050 Strategic Initiative, therefore EGA’s plan to switch to hydrogen fuel and expand the use of carbon capture, utilisation and storage solutions supports our net-zero drive.

“With its efforts to reduce the emission intensity of its operations, EGA is a role model in environmental sustainability for the UAE’s industrial companies.”