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Hydrogen Power Abu Dhabi (HPAD)

Brief description:


Project type: Capture Storage

Scale: Large

Status: Feed study

Capital cost: $2 billion

Year of operation 2016-2017
Industry: Gas Power Plant

MW capacity: 400

Capture method: Pre-combustion

New or retrofit: New
Transport of CO2 by: Pipeline

Type of storage: EOR

Volume: 1.7 million tonnes/CO2


HPAD plant illustration

Hydrogen Power Abu Dhabi (HPAD) is a 60/40 joint venture between Masdar and BP to build the world's first commercial-scale hydrogen-fuelled power plant incorporating carbon capture and storage. It forms part of the Masdar City initiative, which is continuing with plans to become the world's first zero-carbon city.

FEED work for HPAD was completed in June 2009. However, according to a media report in January 2011, BP said plans had been delayed at least three years while Abu Dhabi decided whether to use CO2 in EOR operations. The supermajor added that, if the decision to go ahead was made soon, then a projected start-up of 2016 or 2017 was possible.

The industrial-scale plant will generate around 400MW, and will capture up to 1.7 million tonnes of CO2 per year. The captured gas could be transported by pipeline and injected for pressure maintenance and/or EOR projects, freeing up natural gas currently used for these purposes. The CO2 would be permanently stored in the oilfield’s geological formation.


Engineering, procurement and construction was originally planned between 2011 and 2014, with pre-commissioning activities in 2014 and start-up in 2015. However, the potential delay announced by BP in early 2011 may push back the start date to 2016 or 2017.


Total capital investment needed for the venture, excluding CO2 sequestration, is about US$2 billion.

Masdar City initiative

HPAD forms part of the Masdar Initiative, launched in 2008, to deliver Masdar City – billed as the world’s first zero-carbon sustainable city that will use and showcase clean technologies. It aims to exceed the 10 sustainability principles of the global initiative, One Planet LivingTM, launched by WWF and environmental consultancy BioRegional.

Masdar is led by the Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (Masdar), with funding of $15 billion coming from the Abu Dhabi government. Find out more about Masdar City here.

More information and press releases

BP video on HPAD project, 2010

Bloomberg article on project delay, January 2011 news article, plant powers ahead, 18 January 2010

Masdar CCS project delayed due to technical issues (Febuary 2009)
Masdar awards Mustang Engineering with design contract (November 2008)
UAE CCS press release (Jan 2008)
UAE begins groundbreaking CCS (March 2007)

Companies involved