The Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) signed a strategic framework agreement with Total on Nov. 11 to explore joint research, development and deployment partnership opportunities in the areas of CO2 emission reductions and carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS), where ADNOC is an industry leader.
The agreement brings together the best-in-class in low carbon technologies from ADNOC and Total, and expands on the long-standing partnership and collaboration between the two leading energy producers across the full value chain.
The agreement was signed by His Excellency Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, UAE Minister of industry and advanced technology and ADNOC group CEO, and Patrick Pouyanné, CEO of Total.
“We are pleased to strengthen our partnership and alliance with Total as we work towards a low carbon future,” H.E. Dr. Al Jaber said. “The agreement builds on our sustainability goal to decrease greenhouse gas (GHG) intensity by 25% by 2030, and reinforces ADNOC’s commitment to responsible oil and gas production as we deliver on our 2030 smart growth strategy. We look forward to leveraging this expertise and collaborating with Total to further research and develop low carbon technologies and sustainable growth opportunities.”
Under the terms of the agreement, ADNOC and Total will jointly explore opportunities to reduce CO2 emissions, improve energy efficiency and use renewable energy for oil and gas operations. In the area of CCUS, the companies will further develop joint research into new technologies covering carbon capture, storage solutions and enhanced oil recovery projects based on CO2 usage.
The potential for collaboration in CCUS by ADNOC and Total complements ADNOC’s CCUS program which has seen the company establish the Al Reyadah facility, the first commercial-scale CCUS facility in the Middle East. Currently, the facility has the capacity to capture 800,000 tonnes of CO2 annually. ADNOC plans to expand the capacity of this program six-fold by capturing CO2 from its own gas plants, with the aim of reaching 5 million tonnes of CO2 every year by 2030 – the equivalent of the annual carbon capture capacity of over 5 million acres of forest.
Total currently collaborates with ADNOC across the full value chain, from offshore and onshore exploration, development and production of oil and gas, to gas processing and liquefaction, product marketing, research and development (R&D), and national talent development.
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