ADNOC’s Ruwais LNG Project May Target Maritime Demand


The project aims to facilitate shipping’s access to LNG as a bunker fuel, Abdulkareem Al Masabi, chief executive of ADNOC Logistics and Services said.


The Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) is developing an LNG liquefication and export facility in Al Ruwais Industrial City in UAE’s Abu Dhabi.

The plant will consist of two LNG liquefaction trains with a total export capacity of 9.6 million mt/year. First shipments from the plant are scheduled for 2028.

LNG (2.7555 mtCO2/mt of fuel) has a lower carbon factor than VLSFO (3.151) and LSMGO (3.206). The fuel gained popularity as a lower-emission alternative to conventional fuels due to its widespread availability and technological readiness, unlike zero-emission fuels like methanol and ammonia.

Targeting maritime emissions

Apart from LNG, ADNOC is working towards producing methanol and low-emission ammonia in anticipation of a growing shipping demand.

It has partnered with Swiss methanol producer Proman to build a natural gas to methanol facility in the TA’ZIZ industrial and chemical complex in Ruwais. The methanol plant will initially have a capacity of 1.8 million mt/year.

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