Fertiglobe exports world’s first certified green ammonia from Egypt

Ahram Online , Monday 20 Nov 2023

Multinational ammonia exporter Fertiglobe announced that it completed the first shipment of the world’s first internationally recognized renewable ammonia with International Sustainability and Carbon Certification from its plant in Egypt.

Green ammonia.
Green ammonia facility. Energy Watch.


The ammonia was produced at the company’s facilities in Egypt using renewable hydrogen from its pilot Egypt Green Hydrogen electrolyzer and will go into the production of near-zero emissions synthetic soda ash – a key ingredient in laundry powder – for Unilever, a British packaged consumer goods company.

“Looking ahead, we are committed to leveraging our state-of-the-art ammonia facilities and global distribution infrastructure to expand our low-carbon ammonia capacity to meet growing demand and further reduce the carbon footprint of our business,” CEO of Fertiglobe Ahmed El-Hoshy said.

Fertiglobe has launched the Egypt Green Hydrogen project in partnership with Scatec, Orascom Construction, the Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company, and the Sovereign Fund of Egypt. 

Once completed, this project will have the capacity to produce up to 15,000 tons per annum (tpa) of green hydrogen, serving as feedstock for producing up to 90,000 tpa of renewable ammonia at Fertiglobe’s facilities located in the Suez Canal Economic Zone.

Other Fertiglobe initiatives can be found in the UAE, including the Taziz one million tpa low-carbon ammonia project, the low-carbon ammonia pilot at Fertil, and the green hydrogen project.

Fertiglobe is a joint venture between the UAE's Abu Dhabi National Oil Company and the Netherlands’ chemical producer OCI.

Over the past year, the country signed many MoUs with various international entities to attract foreign investment in green hydrogen and to become a hub for hydrogen production.

In June, the Egyptian government updated the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC), which include setting more ambitious goals for reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and securing the finances needed.

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