Engie is investing $5 billion to explore and develop hydrogen in the UAE

Engie is investing $5 billion to explore and develop hydrogen in the UAE
Engie is investing $5 billion to explore and develop hydrogen in the UAE

Abu Dhabi: Adnan Najm

Frederic Clow, Managing Director of Thermal Energy Solutions and Supply in Asia, the Middle East and Africa, and Regional Director for the Gulf Countries and Pakistan at Engie, said that the company is working with its partners in the Middle East to support countries, cities and companies. By designing and developing innovative low-carbon solutions, and in line with this strategy, it has worked on many projects in the UAE to accelerate the transition towards a carbon-neutral economy.

Chloe said in an interview with Al-Khaleej on the sidelines of organizing the activities of the exhibition and the World Facilities Conference 2023 at the Abu Dhabi Exhibition Center: “ENGIE has signed a partnership agreement with Masdar to explore, grow and develop the green hydrogen market in the UAE and develop projects with a capacity of at least 2 gigawatts by 2020. 2030, and Engie committed to investing $ 5 billion for this purpose, and also signed a cooperation agreement with the “Vertiglobe” company to participate in the development of a green hydrogen production plant in the UAE, which is expected to be commercially operated in 2025, with a production capacity of 140 megawatts. Engie is also preparing to expand its operations in the renewable energy sector in the UAE and Saudi Arabia.

Big projects

Clow added: “ENGIE is also working on three large water desalination projects in the UAE using reverse osmosis technology, which is low in carbon emissions compared to conventional gas-fired desalination plants. Engy is looking forward to participating in tenders for water desalination projects in the coming months and years in the region.”

He continued: ENGIE is keen to adhere to its goals of achieving net zero emissions by 2045, and looks forward to signing more economically viable gas power purchase agreements in the region and focusing on reducing carbon emissions. Regarding the company’s business and performance, Chloe replied: In the Gulf countries, ENGIE has the total capacity to generate 30 gigawatts of energy, to meet the needs of more than 40 million people per day, in addition to eight reverse osmosis plants with a total capacity of 5.5 million cubic meters of water production per day. , to provide the water needs of 10.6 million people daily, and ENGIE is one of the leading independent companies in the production of energy and water desalination in the Middle East, and is looking forward to strengthening its business and operations in the sector of renewable energy sources in the Gulf countries; With the aim of reaching a total capacity of 80 gigawatts from renewable energy sources by 2030. He added: Since the launch of its business in the GCC countries, ENGIE has sought to be the leading partner for companies, governments and ministries, and a provider of low-carbon energy service solutions, and continuously uses renewable energy sources, gas and services In order to provide integrated competitive solutions to reduce carbon emissions in cities, ministries and companies; This is done through cooperation with regional governments and wise leaders. He said, “Engy’s presence in the region dates back to nearly three decades. As it was able to consolidate its position as a major player in the energy and water sectors, leaving a great imprint in the Gulf countries. ENGIE currently has the capacity to generate 30 gigawatts of power, to provide the needs of 40 million people per day, and to produce 5.5 million cubic meters of water, to meet the needs of 10 million people of potable water per day, and is at the forefront of companies that provide advanced, innovative and cost-effective clean water desalination technologies. energy in the Middle East region.

Excellence Center for Water Desalination

Frederic Cloe revealed that Engie is working to launch a center of excellence for water desalination. With the aim of collecting and analyzing all data for this sector in order to improve desalination processes, in an effort to meet the growing demand for water, and to support the goals of net zero.

He stated that ENGIE will focus on its own solutions for smart cities, specifically how to create low-carbon energy grids, on-site solar energy, utilities, and energy performance.

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