Al Reyadah is the world’s first fully commercial carbon dioxide (CO2) facility for the iron and steel industry, and the first commercial-scale carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) facility in the Middle East. It was launched as a joint venture between ADNOC (51%) and Masdar (49%) in 2016. We initiated this project in 2009 and eventually took full ownership in 2018.
Al Reyadah is critical to achieving ADNOC’s 2030 sustainability goals and helps to combat climate change by eliminating the CO2 emissions equivalent to the amount that 170,000 automobiles produce. Each year, it captures up to 800,000 tonnes of CO2 from the Emirates Steel Industries (ESI), underscoring our commitment to being an industry leader in environmental sustainability. Once CO2 has been captured from ESI, it is compressed, dehydrated, and transported through a 43 km buried pipeline before being injected into the Rumaitha and Bab onshore oil fields to boost oil recovery.
What is CCUS?
CCUS is the use of advanced technology to prevent CO2 from entering the atmosphere after it is expended as a by-product of industrial processes. Not only does CCUS enable the use of clean burning gas for enhancing oil recovery, but it can be leveraged for other industrial uses such as power generation and desalination. Ultimately, it enables us to reduce industrial CO2 emissions and our environmental footprint even as the demand for energy, oil, and gas rises globally.
CCUS comprises four main stages:
- CO2 is first captured on-site
- It is compressed and dehydrated
- The gas is transported through a pipeline before its injection into oil fields for oil recovery enhancement purposes
- It is then stored at a secure location several kilometers below the earth’s surface
Expanding our Carbon Capture Capabilities
As per our 2030 Sustainability Strategy for mitigating the risk of climate change, we have pledged to reduce our greenhouse gases (GHG) intensity by 25%. Building on the success of the Al Reyadah facility, we are expanding our CCUS ability to 5 million tonnes per year by 2030 by accelerating our investment in CCUS technology.
Our carbon footprint is already among the lowest in the oil and gas industry, and the additional capture of CO2 will reduce our carbon footprint even further.
We will implement CO2 capture capabilities at the following gas plants:
- Shah gas plant, which has the potential to capture 2.3 million tonnes of CO2 per year
- Habshan-Bab gas plant, which has the potential to enable the capture of 1.9 million tonnes of CO2 per year
This amount would be the equivalent of a forest area that is twice the size of the UAE.