Giant wind-solar complex to produce hydrogen in Oman


Oman‘s national oil company OQ, US-based green hydrogen developer Intercontinental Energy LLC, and Enertech, a unit of Kuwait Investment Authority, have announced a plan to build a 25 GW wind-solar complex in the Al Wusta Governorate, in central Oman.

The huge facility will be used for the production of “millions of tons” of green hydrogen, which the three companies said could be consumed on-site, exported, or converted into green ammonia for international export. 

Although the exact location of the project was not indicated, the consortium said it will be near the coast for seawater intake and electrolysis. “Given the site's strategic location between Europe and Asia, as well as excellent solar irradiance and wind resource facing the Arabian Sea, the development is well positioned to offer a secure and reliable supply of green fuels globally at a highly competitive price,” it said in a statement.

The three companies began to develop the project in 2019, when they conducted the first analysis on the project site. “Given the amount of equipment required at a project of this scale, it could also support the development of Oman’s renewable energy supply chain manufacturing and expertise,” they further explained.

More technical and financial details on the new scheme were not released.

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This is not the only large-scale green hydrogen project under development in the Middle Eastern country.

Oman's Sohar Port and Freezone, a deep-sea port and adjacent free zone located in the homonymous coastal city, announced in November a plan to host a large scale green hydrogen generation hub powered by solar power plants. This plan envisages the deployment or around 3.5 GW of PV capacity, which is equivalent to the port's total electricity consumption.



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