Linde to study hydrogen, ammonia production in Kazakhstan
German chemicals group Linde has signed a memorandum of understanding with Kazakhstan's national oil company KazMunayGas (KMG) on producing hydrogen and ammonia in the Central Asian state, KMG announced on November 11.
The pair will undertake a feasibility study on producing blue hydrogen and ammonia, using natural gas as feedstock, as well as green hydrogen and ammonia via water electrolysis. Once this study is complete, they will look at implementing projects.
"KazMunayGas has a consistent and balanced approach to the decarbonisation projects as part of its adopted low-carbon development programme," KMG chairman Alik Aidarbayev commented. "Cooperation with the world's leading companies is a priority in studying promising projects in this area."
The Kazakh government is in the process of finalising its low-carbon development strategy, striving to reach net-zero emissions by 2060. It will invest almost $650bn in low carbon technologies to achieve this, Kazakh ecology and natural resources minister Serikkali Brekeshev said at a press briefing on October 27. A 15% reduction in emissions is envisaged in the next decade alone.
Kazakhstan is a significant producer of coal, oil and natural gas as well as a major exporter of these commodities. While coal continues to dominate the country's energy mix, the government has embarked on a national gasification programme to bring gas to more areas, and the role of renewables is also expanding.