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EDITOR IN CHIEF- ABDULLAH BIN SALIM AL SHUEILI

Oman to take centre-stage at intl green hydrogen summit

Building on the outstanding success of the inaugural edition of the Green Hydrogen Summit Oman (GSHO) last December – an event that has firmly entrenched the preeminent role of hydrogen in Oman’s decarbonisation strategy – a follow-up edition is being held later this year to accelerate the realisation of this green future for Oman and its international partners.


This time around, the 2nd Green Hydrogen Summit & Exhibition (greenhydrogensummitoman.com), scheduled to be held at Oman Convention and Exhibition Center (OCEC) Muscat from December 5 to 7, 2022, will focus not just on the Sultanate, but key global markets as well.


The enlarged forum, featuring prominent experts, energy companies, utilities, R&D institutions and governments, will seek the harness growing international interest in adopting green hydrogen as the world’s zero-carbon fuel of choice.


As with last year’s inaugural event, this year’s three-day forum and exhibition will be held under the auspices of the Ministry of Energy and Minerals, with the support of a number of Omani government ministries, key energy companies and public sector organisations. It is being organised by Muscat-based Birba Energy in cooperation with Oman Society of Petroleum Services (OPAL), along with the Energy Renewal Unit of Petroleum Development Oman as Strategic Partners.


The overarching theme is: ‘Leading the Energy Transition Strategy’.


But dedicated sessions over the three-day event will seek to do a deep dive a broad array of themes vital to the success of a future green hydrogen industry. Key areas for discussion include Green Hydrogen Potentials, Opportunities & Challenges; Regulations anPolicies, Certification; Emerging Technologies; Storage and Transportation Challenges; Green Hydrogen Financing and Projects/Investments Partnership; Renewable Energies at the Heart of Green Hydrogen Production; Water Resources for Green Hydrogen; and the Transition to a Green Hydrogen Society.


To help fine-tune the programme agenda, the organisers have constituted high-level Executive and Technical Committees to ensure that event is both illuminating for attendees and impactful for the participating countries.


The Executive Committee comprises Dr Abdullah al Abri, Head – Energy Renewal Unit of PDO (Conference Chairman); Abdulrahman al Yahyaei, CEO – OPAL; Mohammed al Mukhainy, Oman LNG; Dr Salim al Huthaili, CEO – Solar Wadi; Nasser al Rizeiqi - Hydrogen/New Energies Specialist, Ministry of Energy and Minerals; and Dr Faiza al Harthi, Energy Sector Head, Oman Vision 2040 Implementation and Follow up unit.


Also assisting in the delivery of a high quality forum is a Technical Committee including: Prof Dr-Ing Michael Modigell of Oman Hydrogen Centre (Technical Committee Chairman); Dr Khalil al Hanashi – PDO Energy Renewal Unit; Dr Zakiya al Azri, Corporate Research & Development Adviser – PDO; Dr Juman al Saqlawi, Alternative Energy – OQ; Mohammed al Taie, Project Engineering Manager, Oman LNG; Khalid Bin Hadi, Managing Director – Siemens Energy; Olav Carlsen, Founder – Hydrogen Rise; Dr Amer al Hinai - SQU Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Postgraduate Studies & Research; Dr Talal al Wahaibi - Associate Professor at Engineering Department A’Sharqiyah University; Prof Bruno G Pollet - President of Green Hydrogen Division at International Association for Hydrogen Energy - Director of Green Hydrogen Lab - University of Quebec at Trois Rivieres, Canada; Monica Trench - Hydrogen Origination and Business Development at BP-UK; Simone Corbò - Hydrogen Platform Leader Baker Hughes; Cédric Roux - Green Hydrogen Technical Manager - Total Energies; and Stephen B Harrison - CEO, SPH4 GmbH, Germany.


Underscoring the broad international appeal of the Green Hydrogen Summit, a number of leading global organisations have extended their backing to the event. The list includes the International Energy Agency (IEA), Green Hydrogen Lab, Arab- German Chamber of Commerce and Industry, AKH German Industry and Commerce, and World Hydrogen Leaders.


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