Oil major Saudi Aramco and Linde Engineering, a Germany-based industrial gases company, have signed an agreement to jointly develop a new ammonia cracking technology. 

The collaboration will combine Linde and Aramco’s experience and capabilities in industrial research and development, lower-carbon hydrogen, and ammonia-cracking technology. 

A potential differentiator will be an ammonia cracking catalyst, jointly developed by Aramco and the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), which will be evaluated against other catalysts.

Under this agreement, Aramco and Linde Engineering plan to build a demonstration plant in northern Germany to showcase this new ammonia cracking technology. 

Linde intends to offer the new ammonia-cracking technology to current and new customers, building new commercial opportunities within the global lower-carbon energy supply chain.  

John van der Velden, Senior Vice President of Global Sales & Technology at Linde Engineering, said an effective ammonia cracking technology supports the world’s urgent decarbonisation needs. 

“By completing the missing link in the export chain, cleaner energy can be shipped from regions with high renewable and clean energy potential to those with more limited resources,” he added.

(Writing by D Madhura; Editing by Anoop Menon)