Abu Dhabi's Masdar has delayed a planned $2.2bn hydrogen power project and scrapped a solar module manufacturing facility in Abu Dhabi.
The hydrogen power project was a 60:40 joint venture with BP and was linked to carbon capture and storage. "It has been pushed back. It is a very long-term and very complex project. We are awaiting approvals from the government," Frank Wouters, head of power at Masdar, told reporters on the sidelines of a conference.
Last year, the general manager of Hydrogen Power told Reuters the project would be completed in 2014 and preliminary engineering and design was completed by Foster Wheeler. The project was to be tendered in 2010, he said.
A BP spokeswoman confirmed the project has been delayed but said the company will continue to work with Masdar. While the project awaits the decision of the Abu Dhabi government, the joint venture must responsibly manage its ongoing costs and redeploy some of BP and Masdar resources, a statement from BP said.
Separately, a thin film solar module manufacturing plant at Taweelah, near Abu Dhabi has been cancelled due to lack of scale and market demand. "If markets change again, we will look at manufacturing in the UAE," he said.
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