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ESI CCS Project Fact Sheet*: Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage Project

* Also known as Abu Dhabi CCS Project

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

Location: Emirates Steel complex at Mussafah, UAE (United Arab Emirates) Khalifa Port

Feedstock: Natural gas

Size: 0.8 Mt/yr of CO2

Capture Technology: Pre-combustion steel production

CO2 Fate: EOR

Timing: Start (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.

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. 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:
Abu Dhabi’s carbon capture project on track (February 2015)
UAE’s carbon capture project to remove 800,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide per year (November 2014)
Masdar and ADNOC take carbon capture, usage and storage project forward at Emirates Steel's Mussafah facility (January 2012)
Masdar development overview [PDF]
Masdar awards Mustang Engineering with design contract (November 2008)

UAE carbon capture plan to cost $3 billion (January 2008)
UAE begins ground breaking CCS (March 2007)