Barnaud and Al Nuaimi during the signing ceremony

Taking a significant step in the development of the Ruwais Low-Carbon LNG Project, located in Al Ruwais Industrial City, Abu Dhabi, Adnoc issued a Limited Notice to Proceed (LNTP) for early engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) activities to a joint venture consisting of Technip Energies, JGC Corporation, and National Petroleum Construction Company (NPCC).

It also signed a 15-year long-term agreement with SEFE Marketing & Trading Singapore, a subsidiary of SEFE Securing Energy for Europe, for LNG supply.

The EPC award will see the development of two natural gas liquefaction trains with a total LNG production capacity of 9.6 million metric tonnes per annum (mmtpa).

The plant will use electric-driven motors instead of conventional gas turbines and will be powered by clean energy.

The plant is set to be the first LNG export facility in the Mena region to run on clean power, making it one of the lowest-carbon intensity LNG plants in the world.

The project will effectively double Adnoc's LNG production capacity from 6 mmtpa to approximately 15 mmtpa, in line with global natural gas demand and the shift towards decarbonisation.

Fatema Al Nuaimi, Executive Vice-President, Downstream Business Management at Adnoc, said: "The Ruwais LNG project will reinforce Adnoc’s position as a reliable global natural gas supplier, underscoring its pivotal role and contribution to global energy security."

Arnaud Pieton, CEO of Technip Energies, commented: "The Ruwais LNG project reflects the future. It innovates for a decarbonised LNG industry. With zero carbon energy sources to power electrified LNG trains, we are setting a new standard for LNG production."

Ahmed Al Dhaheri, CEO of NPCC, said: "Utilising clean energy for LNG production sets a new industry standard, drastically lowering carbon emissions and paving the way for a cleaner future. We're proud to be part of a project that not only secures energy but also showcases the UAE's role in leading the energy transition."

Frédéric Barnaud, CEO of SEFE Marketing & Trading and CCO of SEFE, said: "This LNG supply agreement for the Ruwais LNG project, set to be one of the lowest-carbon intensity LNG projects in the world, marks the start of a new chapter."

Separately, Adnoc has entered into a 15-year Heads of Agreement with SEFE Marketing and Trading Singapore for the delivery of 1 mmtpa of LNG.

The LNG will primarily be sourced from the Ruwais LNG project.

The agreement builds upon Adnoc's existing long-term LNG supply agreement with China's ENN Natural Gas.