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EDITOR IN CHIEF- ABDULLAH BIN SALIM AL SHUEILI

Investments in Oman’s green hydrogen common-use infra seen at $5 bn

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MUSCAT: Oman’s Minister of Energy and Minerals, Salim bin Nasser al Aufi, chaired a meeting on Tuesday of top officials overseeing the delivery of multi-billion dollar worth common-use infrastructure that will be serve as a lifeline for mega-scale green hydrogen projects slated for implementation in the Sultanate of Oman.


Investments in the common utilities infrastructure are estimated at $5 billion encompassing three core components: Electricity Transmission; Desalination + Pipeline networks for Water & Wastewater; and Hydrogen Pipelines. Also necessary to support the storage and export of green hydrogen and its derivatives are investments in tankage and storage capacity, dedicated jetties and related facilities.


“The (meeting) shed light on the shared infrastructure framework development and outlined the programme's direction for the future,” said Hydrom, the independent orchestrator and master-planner of Oman’s green hydrogen industry, in a post.


As part of its remit, Hydrom – a subsidiary of state-owned Energy Development Oman (EDO) – is strategizing the development of common utilities infrastructure designed to make it attractive and cost-competitive for international investors to produce green hydrogen – the zero carbon fuel at the heart of Oman’s green energy future.


Over the past couple of months, Hydrom has signed agreements with international developers and their partners (including some of the biggest names in the energy industry worldwide), collectively targeting the production of 1 million tonnes per annum of green hydrogen by 2030, with a combined investment of a staggering $30 billion.


In its role as master-planner, Hydrom is enlisting the support of an array of government and public sector agencies, national utility operators, specialist service providers and developers in a collaborative effort to map out the common utility requirements of this future industry. In June, it announced plans for the formation of an advisory body comprising representatives of all key stakeholders investing in this new sector.


These common utilities will include, among other components, pipelines for the transportation of ultrapure desalinated water for electricity, potable water and wastewater, and potential hydrogen gas, in addition to electrical networks, specialised storage capacity for hydrogen, ammonia and methanol, and so on.


Designated ‘National Champions”, such as OQ Gas Networks, Oman Electricity Transmission Company (OETC), Nama Water Services, and Oman Tank Terminal Company (OTTCO), among others, are expected to play a critical role in the development and operation of some of these components.


Present at Tuesday’s meeting were top officials representing key stakeholders, including Energy Development Oman (EDO), Authority for Public Services Regulation (APSR), OQ Group, Centralised Utilities Company (Marafiq), Asyad Group, Oman Authority for Special Economic Zones and Free Zones (OPAZ), Nama Group and others.


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