Electrolysers will be now be manufactured in the UAE. Towards this end, ADNOC Group (Abu Dhabi National Oil Company) has tied up with John Cockerill Hydrogen and Strata Manufacturing. The announcement was made by the Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology (MoIAT) at the ‘Make it in the Emirates’ forum in Abu Dhabi.
It is held that the partnership will strengthen the manufacturing capabilities of domestic hydrogen, supporting decarbonisation operations in the Emirate and beyond. It will also provide impetus to developing the UAE’s green hydrogen economy through the domestic manufacturing of electrolysers and support the UAE’s `Make it in The Emirates’ campaign to promote local industry and create a favourable environment for investors.
Electrolysers produce green hydrogen, an energy source made from renewables that does not emit carbon dioxide at the point of use.
Omar Al Suwaidi, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology, said, “Accelerating the development of future industries is one of the main objectives of the National Strategy for Industry and Advanced Technology. Therefore, the ministry is committed to ensuring the national industrial sector benefits from innovative solutions and advanced technologies that support the expansion of future industries. Stimulating cooperation between leading national companies and international and local manufacturers is key to these efforts, which reinforces the industrial sector’s contribution to decarbonization in line with the UAE’s net zero and COP28 targets.” He added, “Led by ADNOC, this strategic cooperation agreement strengthens our industrial sector and provides the necessary capabilities for future industries to thrive. The agreement will be particularly beneficial to the field of hydrogen, which represents one of the most important future industries and underpins a greener economy.”
Hanan Balalaa, Sr Vice President, ADNOC, said, “We are very pleased to partner with John Cockerill Hydrogen and Strata Manufacturing in this landmark initiative that could enable electrolysers to be manufactured in the UAE for the first time. Hydrogen is a critical fuel in the energy transition and this agreement underscores how the energy sector can work with the industrial and hard-to-abate sectors to decarbonise at scale, drive low-carbon economic growth and enhance energy security. ADNOC will continue to advance lower-carbon solutions and decarbonisation technologies to strengthen our position as a responsible energy provider and support the UAE Net Zero by 2050 Strategic Initiative.”
Ismail Ali Abdulla, CEO, Strata, said “We are excited to join forces with ADNOC and John Cockerill Hydrogen in this groundbreaking initiative. Strata’s expertise in advanced manufacturing will play a crucial role in establishing the UAE as a global hydrogen leader. This collaboration aligns with our strategic vision of driving innovation and economic growth in the UAE.”
Raphael Tilot, CEO, John Cockerill Hydrogen, said, “As a leader in large scale green hydrogen production and distribution solutions, we are delighted to collaborate with ADNOC and Strata Manufacturing to explore opportunities to develop electrolyser manufacturing capabilities in the UAE. This partnership will strengthen the UAE’s position in the global hydrogen market and will enable the country to achieve its ambitious decarbonisation objectives.”