Under the patronage of the Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure (MoEI), Brooge Energy, a Cayman Islands-based infrastructure provider, which is currently engaged in clean petroleum products and biofuels and crude oil storage, today announced a partnership with Siemens Energy, one of the world’s largest energy technology supplier, to develop a plant to produce green hydrogen and ammonia using solar PV in Abu Dhabi.
Brooge Energy and Siemens Energy signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to kickstart the partnership in a special event at the World Government Summit 2023. The event drew the participation of His Excellency Eng Sharif Al Olama, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure for Energy and Petroleum Affairs, His Excellency Eng Ahmed Al Kaabi, Assistant Undersecretary for Petroleum, Gas, and Mineral Resources at the Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure, as well as senior leadership from the two companies.
Under the MoU, the two companies will join forces to develop the plant and explore other areas of collaboration in clean energy, while MoEI will offer them facilities.
His Excellency Eng Sharif Al Olama said: “Energy transition has long been a strategic priority of the UAE. In line with the objectives of the UAE Energy Strategy 2050 and the UAE Net Zero by 2050 Strategic Initiative, we are taking confident steps to incorporate emerging energy sources, particularly hydrogen, in our energy mix to ensure we are on a low-carbon development path.”
He added: “The Ministry is working on developing a robust green hydrogen industry in the UAE. We have launched the UAE Hydrogen Leadership Roadmap that aims to establish the country as a competitive exporter of hydrogen and are currently updating the UAE Energy Strategy 2050 to reflect the country’s future aspirations in line with our role as the host of the 28th UN Climate Change Conference (COP28).”
His Excellency Eng Al Olama applauded the partnership between Brooge Energy and Siemens as a prime example of the UAE’s keenness to upscale the contribution of the private sector in realizing its net zero and climate ambitions. He highlighted that the new project that will produce green hydrogen and ammonia using solar PV will further accelerate the country’s transition to net zero, increase green hydrogen capacity, and boost the UAE’s position as a reliable supplier of hydrogen.
Lina Saheb, Interim CEO at Brooge, said: “It is with great honour that we announce our partnership with Siemens Energy at the World Government Summit 2023, as together we take a step toward a greener future. I look forward to working closely with the talented Siemens team on this important project.”
For his part, Khalid Bin Hadi, Head of Government Affairs in the UAE and Middle East at Siemens Energy, said: “Our partnership with Brooge Energy is in line with the company’s global objectives of accelerating the energy transition. Green hydrogen is an important source of sustainable energy that we can optimize through public-private partnerships. The UAE has always been proactive in shaping a sustainable future and tackling climate change through inclusive, robust initiatives. The country has recently declared 2023 as the Year of Sustainability and later this year, will host the COP28, underscoring its key role as a problem solver and a developer of innovative energy and climate solutions.”