Occidental and ADNOC to Evaluate Carbon Management Projects in US and UAE
Occidental and ADNOC will evaluate investment opportunities in Direct Air Capture (DAC) facilities and carbon dioxide (CO2) sequestration hubs in the United States and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) as a pathway toward the development of carbon management platforms to accelerate the net-zero goals of both companies.
The strategic collaboration between global energy leaders Occidental and ADNOC demonstrates how the companies can work together on the potential deployment of carbon capture, utilization and sequestration technology at scale in the United States and the Middle East and to help hard-to-abate industries achieve their net-zero targets through the purchase of carbon dioxide removal credits alongside emissions reduction programs.
Under the terms of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), ADNOC may evaluate participation in DAC plants and CO2 sequestration hubs under development in the United States by Occidental subsidiary, 1PointFive. Occidental and ADNOC and may also evaluate jointly developing one or more UAE-located CO2 sequestration hubs and consider commencing feasibility and pre-front-end engineering and design studies for a 1 million tonne-per-year DAC plant, which together would provide emissions reduction solutions for carbon-intensive industrial emitters and other hard-to-abate sectors within the UAE, including aviation and maritime operations.
Through the collaboration, the companies will also consider opportunities to incorporate innovative CO2-based technologies into the UAE. This includes technologies in which Occidental has made investments, such as emissions-free power and sustainable fuels.
“We look forward to building on our longstanding partnership with ADNOC as we advance our plans to globally deploy DAC technology and engage partners who are committed to developing carbon solutions at climate-relevant scale,” said Vicki Hollub, Occidental President and CEO. “Partnerships like this one are essential to helping the world reach its climate goals and ensure it has the resources it needs to thrive through the energy transition. We look forward to working with ADNOC on our shared vision of establishing a global net-zero ecosystem.”
The agreement is enabled by the UAE-U.S. Partnership for Accelerating Clean Energy (PACE), which was launched in November 2022 and is expected to mobilize $100 billion in clean energy and carbon management projects, including CCS and DAC by 2035.