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The waste heat recovery project will help the ADNOC Refining plant at Ruwais generate power and recycled water. Image Credit: Bloomberg

Dubai: ADNOC Refining is closing in on completion of the first phase of its ‘waste heat recovery’ project in Ruwais. This is being implemented at the General Utilities Plant at the industrial complex in Abu Dhabi.

The wider aim of the waste heat recovery project is help ADNOC’s target of further reducing its greenhouse gas emission intensity by 25 per cent by 2030. (ADNOC Refining is a joint venture featuring ADNOC, Eni and OMV.)

Launched in 2018, the Dh2.2 billion project will recycle waste heat generated from the Ruwais plant to produce up to an additional 230MW of electricity per day – ‘enough to power hundreds of thousands of homes’.

It will also produce 62,400 cubic meters (m3) of distilled water per day for use at the plant. The project is expected to increase power production and thermal efficiency at the plant by around 30 per cent ‘with no additional carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions’.

Phase one of the project, which includes the operation of two new boilers and turbines, will be completed before the end of this year. Phase two, which includes a further two boilers, will be completed around the middle of 2023. "The waste heat recovery project will revolutionize power and water generation at our plant in Ruwais, and is vital to the ongoing expansion of Ruwais as part of ADNOC’s 2030 smart growth strategy,” said Abdulla Ateya Al Messabi, CEO of ADNOC Refining.

Multiple ways to decarbonise

ADNOC implemented a ‘zero routine gas flaring policy’ in the early 2000s and establishing the region’s first commercial-scale Carbon Capture and Underground Storage facility in 2016.

In the last 12 months, ADNOC announced partnerships to decarbonize its operations at scale, with up to 100 per cent of the company’s grid power being supplied by clean nuclear and solar energy sources and a ‘first-of-its-kind’ sub-sea transmission network in the MENA region which will which connect ADNOC’s offshore operations to clean onshore power networks.

Recover waste heat
ADNOC’s waste heat recovery project is designed to capture exhaust heat from the gas-powered turbines at ADNOC Refining’s General Utilities Plant. These emissions are vented into the atmosphere, to produce steam that is subsequently used for power production.