Masdar has signed a deal to develop a green hydrogen production plant in the United Arab Emirates with France’s Engie and Fertiglobe. In a separate statement, it said it had also agreed with TotalEnergies and Siemens to co-develop a project for sustainable aviation fuel using green hydrogen in Masdar City. Masdar, Engie, Fertiglobe and the state-owned Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) aim to explore the co-development of an up to 200 megawatt (MW) capacity plant, including the construction of an operational green hydrogen production facility by 2025 in Al Ruwais, Abu Dhabi. Fertiglobe will be the sole long-term user of the hydrogen, which will be used to produce green ammonia. Engie and Masdar formed a $5 billion partnership in December to explore green hydrogen development in the UAE, aiming for at least 2 gigawatts of production capacity by 2030 – recalling us how the world geopolitical contest and energy users looking to cut greenhouse gas emissions have made the green hydrogen touted by some as a key fuel. Competitiveness has become a major feature for renewables amid Gulf monarchies – deepening economic rivalry especially between the UAE and Saudi Arabia. UAE Energy Minister Suhail al-Mazrouei added his country aims to capture around a quarter of the global market for the fuel, while Saudi Arabia’s energy minister had said in October the kingdom wants to be the world’s top hydrogen supplier.