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Taweelah Project Fact Sheet: Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage Project

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

Location: Emirates Steel complex at Mussafah, UAE (United Arab Emirates) Khalifa Port and Industrial Zone (KPIZ) in Taweelah

Feedstock: Natural gas

Size: 0.8 Mt/yr of CO2

Capture Technology: Pre-combustion steel production

CO2 Fate: EOR

Timing: Operation (2015-2016)


The projected cost of this project is unknown.


The 90% CO2 feed stream from the Emirates Steel plant will be compressed, dehydrated and then pumped through 50km of pipeline before being injected in an onshore field, operated by Abu Dhabi Company for onshore oil operations.

The project was delayed in January 2011 due to issues with negotiating prices for the carbon dioxide and electricity produced at the hydrogen plant with its two main customers: Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) and Abu Dhabi Water Electricity Authority (ADWEA).

A CO2 injection pilot project with EOR at an onshore field completed two years injection in November 2011. The wealth of data collected over the period has encouraged the two partners to go ahead with the Emirates Steel project.

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, quoting to focus more on other CCS projects. The Masdar City is designed to have initially 50,000 people living on the site, with eventually facilitating a population of 100,000.

Project Link:
Masdar Initiative website

Other Sources and Press Releases:
Masdar and ADNOC take carbon capture, usage and storage project forward at Emirates Steel's Mussafah facility (January 2012)
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)
Masdar's first carbon capture in Abu Dhabi in 2012 (January 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)
Arabian Business press release
(January 2008)
UAE begins ground breaking CCS (March 2007)