KBR wins Acme deal for $3.5bn Oman green ammonia project

Publish October 12, 2021
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KBR, a key procurement and construction company, has teamed up with renewable energy firm Acme Group for its breakthrough green ammonia project being built in Oman at a total investment of $3.5 billion.

Under the terms of the contract, KBR will provide technology licence, engineering, proprietary equipment, catalyst, and commissioning services for a plant to produce 300 metric tonnes per day of ammonia.

The plant will be an integrated facility using three gigawatt-peak (GWp) of solar and 0.5 GWp of wind energy to produce 2,400 TPD of green ammonia with an annual production of about 0.9 million tonnes.

In March, Acme Group had signed a deal with the Oman Company for the Development of the Special Economic Zone at Duqm to set up a large-scale facility to produce green hydrogen and green ammonia. The top renewable energy company boasts a solar portfolio of six GWp.

On the contract win, Doug Kelly, KBR President, Technology, said: 'Energy transition driven by green ammonia is a reality and KBR will play a pivotal role in helping innovative companies like Acme establish early-mover advantages through our industry leading technology.'

KBR is the world leader in ammonia technology with around 50% share of licensed capacity and holds the industry records for the largest capacity plants with a single converter, best energy-efficiency and longest runs without shutdowns.

Manoj K Upadhyay, Founder & Chairman, Acme Group, said: 'This facility, aimed at exporting green ammonia to Europe and Asia, will be the first project of this scale.'

'We selected KBR technology because of its high yields and lowest energy consumption and look forward to a successful project implementation.'

According to him, Acme is in the process of commissioning the world's first integrated green hydrogen and green ammonia plant in the north Indian city of Bikaner.

Green hydrogen will be produced using five megawatt-peak (MWp), expandable up to 10 MWp, from the solar plant, which is an integral part of the project, he added.

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