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Hydrogen Power Abu Dhabi (HPAD) Project Fact Sheet: Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage Project

Company/Alliance: Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (Masdar) and BP

Location: UAE

Feedstock: New build natural gas power plant

Size: 400 MW (1.7 Mt/yr)

Capture Technology: Pre-combustion

CO2 Fate: EOR

Start: 2018

This project has been placed 'On Hold'. Masdar is now focusing on the Emirates Steel Industries (ESI) project.


Increase Oil Production. UAE's oil reserves are rapidly decreasing, an EOR project will increase production.

The project is proposed to cost US$2-3 billion.


The Masdar Initiative was launched in 2008 to deliver Masdar City, the world's first zero-carbon sustainable city. $15 billion is coming from the Abu Dhabi government for the project. Included in this venture is the plans to build large-scale CCS projects. Originally partnered with Hydrogen Energy, but now only with BP after Rio Tinto pulled out of the project, in December 2009, quoting that "it wanted to concentrate its energies on the CCS project in Kern County California (HECA)". The Masdar City is designed to have initially 50,000 people living on the site, with eventually facilitating a population of 100,000.

In February 2009 Masdar announced that the CCS project was being delayed a year due to undisclosed technical issues. The FEED study was completed in 2010 and the EPC was tendered for in March 2011. A final investment decision is waiting to be made. A pilot CO2 injection of 60 ton/day was started at the end of 2009 to test carbonate reservoirs for CO2 EOR.

Project Link: Masdar Initiative website

Other Sources and Press Releases:
World Bank's IFC agrees to support Masdar projects (May 2013)
Carbon capture approval behind CCS project delay (April 2011)
Masdar delays $2.2 billion joint venture with BP (January 2011)
ADCO starts CO2 injection EOR project in Abu Dhabi (April 2010)
DOE and Masdar sign MoU to promote collaboration on clean energy (April 2010)
Masdar CCS project delayed due to technical issues (February 2009)
Masdar development overview [PDF]
Masdar awards Mustang Engineering with design contract (November 2008)
UAE CCS press release (January 2008)
UAE begins ground breaking CCS (March 2007)