The Consortium of thyssenkrupp Uhde and Consolidated Contractors Group Doha S.A.L was awarded an Engineering, Procurement, Construction, and Commissioning (EPCC) contract for the world’s largest Blue Ammonia Plant to be built for Qatar Fertilizer Company (QAFCO; a subsidiary of Industries Qatar (IQ)). The contract was signed on the 31st of August 2022 in Doha, Qatar.
CCC’s participation in this strategic project aligns with the management’s directives of collaborating with select clients and partners of choice on projects that further advance sustainability in the construction industry and the energy sector. The one-team-one-goal spirit among all stakeholders has been on display from the onset of early activities and stems from the declared commitments of all parties engaged on the job towards steering this project towards a timely and efficient delivery.
CCC’s scope of work consists of the construction of one new Ammonia Plant (A7) on the Q7 site in Mesaieed Industrial City south of Doha, offsite and utilities works at the Q5-Q6 site, CO2 transfer line over the existing piperack and an NH3 loading area. The works comprise civil works, EPC for 2 buildings, EPC for 2 tanks, structural steel supply, and installation, equipment erection, piping fabrication and erection, painting and insulation works, and electrical/instrumentation. The plant is scheduled for completion in 2026.
The design of the proposed plant will utilize uhde® ammonia technology to build a single-line system with a record capacity of 1.2 million metric tons per annum or the equivalent of 3,500 metric tons per day of blue ammonia, making it the biggest facility of its kind in the world. QatarEnergy’s sustainability and energy transition strategy include various initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Qatar by 2035, with the blue ammonia production being one of the viable options towards reducing the carbon intensity compared to other energy sources such as LNG.
Recognized for its potential to help reduce CO2 emissions and address global energy needs, blue ammonia is produced when the carbon dioxide (CO2) generated during conventional ammonia production is captured and stored for reuse rather than flared or released into the environment. Blue ammonia could then be used in power stations to produce low-carbon electricity, as it is an efficient transport medium of hydrogen, itself an alternative fuel to carbon-based energy sources.
His Excellency Mr. Saad AI Kaabi, Minister of State for Energy Affairs, and President & CEO of QatarEnergy, said Ammonia-7 is a milestone project for the state of Qatar and the industry as a whole:
“It builds on our expertise in installing, operating and maintaining conventional ammonia plants to produce fertilizers. We are also building on our unique position in the renewables and carbon capture and sequestration space, as well as on our ideal logistical capabilities and advantages to supply differentiated, low-carbon products and fuels to the world.”