An agreement has been signed between Oman’s Ministry of Energy and Minerals, and Belgium’s Ministry of Energy for the Green Energy Certificate pilot project to build ‘Hyport Duqm’ project. The Hyport Duqm project will be jointly developed by Belgium based renewable energy firm DEME Concessions and Oman’s OQ Alternative Energy. Under the project, it will develop green hydrogen and green ammonia production facility near the Port of Duqm in Oman.
The agreement was signed by Oman’s energy minister Salim Nasser Al Aufi and Belgium’s energy minister Tinne Van der Straeten,in Brussels. As per the pact, it plans to evaluate the adherence of green hydrogen projects in Oman to the European Union’s criteria that would allow exporting green hydrogen to European countries. Hinicio- a Strategy Consultant-was assigned to prepare the certification of hydrogen. Hinicio worked on CertifHy as the first GO certification system for Europe, a project that is now supported by the European Commission.
The project features a solar and wind park with a total installed capacity of about 1.3 GW with a dedicated, high-voltage green electricity transmission line, and a utility-scale electrolysis and ammonia conversion plant. Here, hydrogen will be produced from desalinated water and later on converted into green ammonia, that will be stored and shipped from the Port of Duqm to the export markets.
Further, a 500 MW electrolysis facility would also be constructed on 793,000 square meters land while the solar and wind energy plants will occupy an area of 150 square kilometres in Special Economic Zone Duqm’s renewable energy area.