Shell to invest in Ruwais LNG project in Abu Dhabi

Joins BP, Mitsui and TotalEnergies as partners with ADNOC

Shell has signed an agreement to invest in the Abu Dhabi National Oil Co.’s (ADNOC) Ruwais liquefied natural gas (LNG) project in Abu Dhabi through a 10% participating interest.

“In line with our strategy to create more value with less emissions, we are investing in additional LNG capacity and further growing our world-leading LNG portfolio, with energy-efficient and carbon-competitive projects,” said Shell’s Chief Executive Officer Wael Sawan.

Shell’s Pearl gas to liquids facility in Qatar. Shell said it will invest in ADNOC’s Ruwais liquefied natural gas (LNG) project in Abu Dhabi. (Image: Shell)

The Ruwais LNG project will consist of two 4.8 million metric tonnes per annum (mmtpa) LNG liquefaction trains with a total capacity of 9.6 mmtpa. Shell, through its subsidiary Shell International Trading Middle East Limited FZE, has also signed an agreement to offtake 1 mmtpa of LNG produced by the project. The Ruwais LNG facility is set to have an electric-powered liquefaction system and will utilize access to a renewable power supply. This design supports lower operational emissions compared to traditional gas-powered LNG facilities.

ADNOC will hold a majority 60% share in the project and serve as the lead developer and operator of the facility, while Shell, BP, Mitsui and TotalEnergies will each hold 10%.

ADNOC has awarded an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract to a Technip-led joint venture and will soon start construction in Al Ruwais Industrial City, Abu Dhabi. LNG deliveries are expected to start in 2028.

Global demand for LNG is estimated to rise by more than 50% by 2040, as industrial coal-to-gas switching gathers pace in China, South Asian and South-east Asian countries. Shell believes LNG will play a critical role in the energy transition, replacing coal in heavy industry.

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