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Qatar to build world’s largest ‘blue’ ammonia plant

Mohammed Dabbous
QatarEnergy CEO Saad Al Kaabi said that the agreement with ExxonMobil will further grow its offshore Atlantic Canada portfolio

QatarEnergy will build the world’s largest “blue” ammonia plant, which is expected to come online in the first quarter of 2026 and to produce 1.2 million tonnes per year, chief executive and state minister for energy Saad Al-Kaabi said on Wednesday.

The cost of the Ammonia-7 project is approximately 3.86 billion rials ($1.06 billion), according to a press release issued by QatarEnergy subsidiary, Industries Qatar. During a news conference, Al-Kaabi cited an incorrect figure.

The facility will capture and sequester 1.5 million tonnes of carbon dioxide a year through the manufacturing process, he added.

“We see an increasing interest in using ammonia as fuel, driven by the need to reduce CO2 emissions in the energy ecosystem,” Al-Kaabi said.  

Ammonia is mainly made from hydrogen produced from natural gas and nitrogen from the air. It does not emit CO2 when burned.

It is principally used as a raw material for fertiliser and chemicals, but it can also be used as a low-carbon fuel in power stations.

Thyssenkrupp and Consolidated Contractors Company are the contractors for the project.