French supermajor Total has teamed up with Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (Adnoc) as the pair look to combine their technological know-how to drive down carbon emissions at oil and gas projects.

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The Paris-based giant and Abu Dhabi state player Adnoc signed a framework agreement to jointly work on CO2 emissions reduction and carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS) projects.

The agreement aims to bring together “low-carbon technologies from Adnoc and Total”, in line with Abu Dhabi's sustainability goal to reduce greenhouse gas intensity by 25% by 2030, Adnoc said.

The duo “will jointly explore opportunities to reduce CO2 emissions, improve energy efficiency and use renewable energy for oil and gas operations".

“In the area of CCUS, the companies will further develop joint research into new technologies covering carbon capture, storage solutions and enhanced oil recovery projects based on CO2 usage,” Adnoc added.

Net-zero ambitions

Total chief executive Patrick Pouyanne said the pair will be able to work towards “reduction of carbon emissions on industrial sites, improvement of the energy efficiency in operations, and the development of innovative solutions,” involving CCUS.

“This is a perfect example of Total’s commitment to leverage its global presence and expertise to act towards its 2050 net-zero ambition alongside its long-standing key partners,” he said.

Adnoc chief executive Sultan Ahmed al Jaber said the agreement would significantly help the company to work towards a low-carbon future and help in developing develop low-carbon technologies alongside Total.

Adnoc has established the Al Reyadah facility, the first commercial-scale CCUS facility in the Middle East, which currently has capacity to capture 800,000 tonnes per annum of CO2.

The Emirati giant aims expand the capacity of this programme six-fold by capturing CO2 from its own gas plants, with the aim of reaching 5 million tonnes of CO2 each year by 2030.