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ADNOC, Korea’s GS Energy Explore Opportunities to Grow Abu Dhabi’s Hydrogen Economy

ADNOC, Korea’s GS Energy Explore Opportunities to Grow Abu Dhabi’s Hydrogen Economy

Thursday, 4 March, 2021 - 12:30
The UAE’s virtual business trip to South Korea. WAM

Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) hosted on Thursday the UAE’s virtual business trip to the Republic of Korea during which ADNOC and GS Energy agreed to explore opportunities to grow Abu Dhabi’s hydrogen economy and carrier fuel export position.

Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, UAE Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology and ADNOC Group Managing Director and CEO, and Korean Minister of Trade, Industry and Energy Yun-Mo Sung discussed new opportunities to expand strong bilateral ties between the UAE and South Korea.

The discussion focused on possible areas for further economic partnership, the global climate challenge, the promise of hydrogen and opportunities for greater UAE-Korea industrial cooperation.

"This agreement not only reflects ADNOC’s longstanding partnership with GS Energy and its affiliates, but also the great importance the UAE places on its strategic relationship with the Republic of Korea across multiple sectors. Approximately ten percent of South Korea’s crude oil is currently imported from the UAE, Korean companies are significant stakeholders in several of Abu Dhabi’s upstream concessions and Korean contractors today play critical roles on major projects across our oil and gas value chain,” Dr. Al Jaber said.

"We look forward to building upon these successes as we seek to expand our existing relationship with GS Energy, identifying possible areas of investment in Abu Dhabi’s emerging blue hydrogen ecosystem as well as the Emirate’s world-scale refining and petrochemicals assets in Ruwais."

The UAE virtual business trip is aimed at expanding bilateral economic and trade relations between both countries as they drive economic growth in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The trip included presentations from representatives of the UAE Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology, Masdar, Mohammed Bin Zayed University for Artificial Intelligence and executives from ADNOC’s directorates.

Dr. Sultan Al Jaber also met with Yongsoo Huh, the President and CEO of GS Energy, during a CEO roundtable to explore collaborating in areas of mutual interest across various sectors.

"As a stakeholder and a partner of the ADNOC Upstream Concessions, we are excited to strengthen this partnership by jointly seeking opportunities within the blue hydrogen ecosystem," said Yongsoo Huh.

ADNOC has enjoyed decades of mutually beneficial strategic partnerships with GS Energy and other leading South Korean companies, including, most recently, GS Energy’s partnership with Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) on the launch of ICE Futures Abu Dhabi (IFAD).

ADNOC’s latest agreement with GS Energy reinforces this foundation in low-carbon energy and innovation, through its focus on blue hydrogen and its carrier fuels as promising areas for development within the fast-evolving global energy mix.

This agreement also makes ADNOC well-placed to further strengthen the UAE’s historic relationship with Korea, reinforcing the resilience of both nations’ economies throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and seizing the many potential joint opportunities for greater industrial cooperation, particularly those which capitalize upon the UAE and South Korea’s regional leadership in both technology and sustainability.

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