The production process at Helios Industry’s new facility in Kizad

An 800-MW solar-powered plant will power the production of 200,000 tonnes of green ammonia at the $1bn Kizad facility

Helios Industry, a privately-owned special project vehicle company (SPV), will invest over AED3.67 billion ($1 billion) in the construction of a green ammonia production facility at the Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (Kizad), a subsidiary of Abu Dhabi Ports.

The facility, which will target regional and international markets, will be developed over several years with local and international partners in two phases.

It will be the first in Abu Dhabi to produce green ammonia from hydrogen using renewable energy.

Upon completion, the plant is expected to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by an excess of 600,000 tonnes annually, equivalent to the amount of pollution generated by roughly 140,000 vehicles if conventional methods are employed for ammonia production.

The green ammonia production facility will be powered by a dedicated 800-MW solar power plant within Kizad. The power plant will have a capacity of 100 MW in Phase 1.

Solar power will be used to electrolyse water and split molecules into hydrogen and oxygen. At peak capacity, 40,000 tonnes of the green hydrogen released in this process will be used to produce 200,000 tonnes of green ammonia.

According to Abdullah Al Hameli, Head of Industrial Cities and Free Zone Cluster, Abu Dhabi Ports, the adoption of sustainability and green technology has gained significant traction within the GCC and greater Mena region over the past few years.

He says: "Abu Dhabi Ports is proud to be the host of an innovative company like Helios Industry, and one of the region’s first green ammonia plants with zero carbon emission. We are committed to the growth and success of our customers and strive to continue supporting responsible manufacturers who are helping bring about increased sustainability across industries, whilst simultaneously enhancing the level of green knowledge and awareness within the UAE."

M K Saiyed, Managing Director of Helios Industry, says: "Caring for the environment is a shared responsibility. We are committed to pioneering investment and development efforts to produce sustainable and clean energy for the future in the UAE."