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Saudi Arabia set to use $110 billion natural gas field to produce blue H2

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Saudi Arabia has announced its plans to use one of the world's biggest natural-gas projects to make blue hydrogen, as the kingdom steps up efforts to export a fuel seen as important to the green-energy transition.

As per Abdulaziz bin Salman, Energy Minister, A large portion of gas from the $110 billion Jafurah development will be used for blue hydrogen. It is made by transforming natural gas and capturing carbon dioxide emissions.

"We are the biggest adventurers when it comes to blue hydrogen," Prince Abdulaziz stated at a climate conference in Riyadh.

"We're putting our money where our mouth is on hydrogen. We have a terrific gas base in Jafurah we will use it to generate blue hydrogen."

The remarks came a day after the Saudi government promised to neutralize planet-warming emissions within its borders by 2060, saying it would use carbon sequestration and hydrogen to reach that goal. 

The plans for Jafurah underscore how the kingdom is moving away from a previous strategy to become an exporter of liquefied natural gas, a fuel that's cleaner than oil and coal but which some governments have said they want to phase out.

The kingdom also plans to sell green hydrogen, which is produced using renewable energy — typically solar and wind power —in a process that creates no carbon emissions. Saudi Arabia can make the world's cheapest green hydrogen, Prince Abdulaziz said 

Author : Debi Dash
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