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Japan’s Sumitomo partners with SNOC for a carbon capture project, aiming to diversify the UAE’s energy sector and promote sustainable practices.

Japanese trading and business investment company Sumitomo and Sharjah National Oil Corp (SNOC) have announced plans to collaborate on a carbon capture and storage (CCS) project in the United Arab Emirates. With Japan aiming to reduce its reliance on fossil fuels and promote green technology in the Gulf region, this project holds significant importance.

The initiative involves capturing CO2 emissions from nearby power and industrial plants and storing them in SNOC's on-shore gas field, with a capacity of over several hundred million tons of CO2.

Energy-poor Japan is actively diversifying its economy away from fossil fuels and is promoting its green technology in the Gulf countries, as the region aims to turn from the world's biggest oil producer into the global clean energy hub.

Sumitomo and SNOC will jointly conduct a feasibility study for the project, which may utilize Japanese technologies in carbon capture, transport, and storage.

According to Reuters, the venture reflects Japan's commitment to supporting energy transition technologies, as emphasized during Prime Minister Fumio Kishida's recent visit to Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and Qatar.

While specific financial details and timelines remain undisclosed, both companies believe there is immense potential for CCS in the Middle East, aligning with the region's goal to become a global clean energy hub.

Eunice is a sustainability writer whose passion is sharing accessible eco-friendly practices with GreenCitizen's global readership. She enjoys birdwatching during her downtime, often deriving inspiration from nature's resilience. An enthusiastic cyclist, she is also an ardent advocate of eco-friendly transport.

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