On 1 September 2022, Saad Al Kaabi, Qatar’s Minister of State for Energy Affairs, and President and CEO, QatarEnergy, announced plans to build the world’s largest blue ammonia plant in a major milestone for the region.
QatarEnergy Renewable Solutions signed an agreement with Qatar Fertiliser Company (QAFCO), a member of GPCA, to build the plant at the beginning of September as part of the country’s strategy to produce sustainable agri-nutrients. The new plant will be located in Mesaieed Industrial City and will be operated by QAFCO as part of its integrated facilities.
The Ammonia-7 project is set to produce 1.2 million tons per annum (MTPA) of blue ammonia, making it the largest of its kind. It is due to start production in the first quarter of 2026.
The engineering, procurement, and construction contract (EPC), estimated to be worth USD 1 billion was awarded to a consortium comprising ThyssenKrupp and Consolidated Contractors Company.
“This facility will provide a low-carbon energy solution to our customers on our journey towards a sustainable future,” said Al-Kaabi during the announcement in Doha.
“Our investment in this project speaks to the concrete steps we are taking to lower the carbon intensity of our energy products and is a key pillar of QatarEnergy’s sustainability and energy transition strategy,” he added.
“The world will continue to need fossil fuels for some time and it is our responsibility to do this wisely,” Al-Kaabi concluded.
Investment in the new blue ammonia plant and the expanded carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) facilities are part of QatarEnergy’s sustainability strategy. The strategy includes various initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This includes projects such as the further deployment of CCS technology to capture over 11 MTPA of CO2 in Qatar by 2035.
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Project in numbers
Ammonia-7 world’s largest blue ammonia plant
1.2 million tons per annum (MTPA) production capacity
Q1 2026 estimated production start date
USD 1 billion estimated EPC contract value
11 MTPA of CO2 to be captured in Qatar by 2035 as part of new strategy