EGA and GE cooperate on decarbonizing power supply

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EGA in the UAE and GE Gas Power are cooperating on decarbonizing the power supply, i.e. reducing greenhouse gas emissions from EGA’s gas-fired stations.

The two companies have signed a memorandum of understanding aimed at decarbonizing the power supply from EGA’s existing GE gas turbines by exploring hydrogen as a fuel. EGA has 33 GE natural gas turbines at Jebel Ali and Al Taweelah, with a total power generation capacity of 5,200 MW. Electricity generation accounts for a significant proportion of EGA’s total GHG emissions.

The MoU between the two companies is in line with the ambitions of the UAE Government’s Hydrogen Leadership Roadmap, unveiled in Glasgow during COP26. The roadmap will include the development of a strategy to support low-carbon industries to contribute towards the achievement of the UAE’s Net Zero by 2050 Strategic Initiative.

Decarbonizing power supply by switching from natural gas to hydrogen

Abdulnasser Bin Kalban, 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. Aluminium smelting is energy intensive, and generating the electricity required accounts for more than half the global aluminium industry’s greenhouse gas emissions. 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.”

Decarbonization roadmap includes carbon capture approach

The decarbonization roadmap the two companies are developing, include the following areas: explore options for replacing natural gas with hydrogen and hydrogen-blended fuels for combustion in EGA’s GE turbines; explore the potential of carbon capture, utilization and storage to integrate this technology into EGA’s power plants and implement the necessary changes required to the auxiliary and balance of plant systems.

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