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Oman to host major ‘Green Hydrogen Summit’ in September
The summit will provide a comprehensive overview on the strategies — commercial and technical — that need to be considered to fulfil Oman’s vision to become a powerhouse of Green Hydrogen
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Key stakeholders and decision-makers driving Oman’s transition from a carbon-based to a hydrogen-based society have come together to support the ‘Oman Green Hydrogen Summit’, which takes place in the Sultanate during September 21– 23, 2021 on the theme, ‘Shaping the Future of Oman’s Green Energy Industry’.


The three-day forum has been organised by Birba Energy Services with the support of Oman’s Ministry of Energy and Minerals and in strategic partnership with Energy Renewal, in association with Oman Hydrogen Centre.


Commenting on the significance of the summit, Dr Abdullah al Abri, Executive President – Energy Renewal, said: “The Oman Green Hydrogen Summit will chart the contours of a roadmap for a future industry, underpinned by a wider ecosystem, around green fuels in general and green hydrogen in particular, in the Sultanate. With the newly rebranded Energy Renewal given the government’s mandate to craft a national hydrogen strategy towards this vital goal, we aim to make maximum use of the summit to serve as a platform to bring together all of the players — national and international — that can support the realisation of this objective.”


The summit will provide a comprehensive overview on the strategies — commercial and technical — that need to be considered to fulfil Oman’s vision to become a powerhouse of Green Hydrogen. The main themes of the summit will be to discuss Oman’s national strategy for green hydrogen along with the current project developments.


Other topics will include taking a look at successful case studies from regional and international projects, investment opportunities, public and private partnerships and latest trends on the technological front.


Prof Dr Ing Michael Modigell, Director of Oman Hydrogen Centre and Chair of the Oman Green Hydrogen Summit Advisory Committee, stated, “Oman’s geographical location lends itself to becoming a major contributor in the field of energy renewables. Abundant natural and water resources coupled with large areas of land to implement large-scale solar projects promise to pave the way for the growth of a predominantly renewables-based green hydrogen industry in the Sultanate.”


The summit is also supported by key stakeholders who are part of the advisory board, with representatives from institutions such as Oman Society for Petroleum Services (OPAL), Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) — the Sultanate’s Oil and Gas Major, OQ — the Sultanate’s Integrated Global Energy Group, Siemens Energy, and Sustainable Energy Research Centre of Sultan Qaboos University (SQU).


Abdullah al Harthy, Chairman of Birba Energy Services, commented, “This summit aims to create a platform to bring together a variety of sectors such as solar, logistics, technology and more to engage and act upon how we can best achieve Oman’s Green Energy vision. We can jointly play a vital role in the economic diversification and job creation efforts in the Sultanate.”


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