ADNOC, TAQA conclude $3.8 bIllion offshore decarbonization deal

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ADNOC, TAQA had announced the project to power, decarbonize offshore operations in Dec 2021.
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  • This is a first-of-its-kind high-voltage direct current (HVDC) sub-sea transmission network in the MENA region.
  • A Consortium will build, own, operate and transfer the transmission system alongside ADNOC and TAQA, with the full project returned to ADNOC after 35 years of operation.

Abu Dhabi, UAE—ADNOC and Abu Dhabi National Energy Company (TAQA) Friday announced the financial closing of their $3.8 billion project to power and decarbonize ADNOC’s offshore production operations.

Together with a consortium comprised of Korea Electric Power (KEPCO), Kyushu Electric Power Company (Kyuden) and Électricité de France (EDF) (the Consortium), this is a first-of-its-kind high-voltage direct current (HVDC) sub-sea transmission network in the MENA region.

The construction of the project started in early 2022. The Consortium will build, own, operate and transfer the transmission system alongside ADNOC and TAQA, with the full project returned to ADNOC after 35 years of operation.

The development is expected to reduce the carbon footprint of ADNOC’s offshore operations by more than 30 percent, replacing existing offshore gas turbine generators with more sustainable power sources available on the Abu Dhabi onshore power network, operated by TAQA’s wholly owned subsidiary, Abu Dhabi Transmission and Despatch Company (TRANSCO).

ADNOC said more than than 50 percent of the value of this project will flow back into the UAE’s economy under ADNOC’s  In-Country Value (ICV) programme.

Dr. Sultan Al Jaber, UAE Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology and Group CEO of ADNOC, said, “ADNOC has once again demonstrated its ability to successfully structure and close a bold and progressive transaction that will help secure our low-carbon future as we intensify our efforts to decarbonise our operations. This innovative and first-of-its-kind project in the region is driving responsible and sustainable value creation into Abu Dhabi, further cementing the UAE’s standing as a trusted, go-to investment destination of global capital.”

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