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MUSCAT: Oman has entered into an agreement to build the world’s first commercial-scale liquid hydrogen corridor. It will serve as a conduit for exporting green hydrogen produced in Oman to the Netherlands and onwards to Europe, capitalising on the country’s abundant natural resources and strategic geographical location.
The Ministry of Energy and Minerals and Hydrogen Oman (Hydrom) signed a joint study agreement on December 3 with Port of Amsterdam, Zenith Energy Terminals, and GasLog.
The collaboration aims to propel the development of a liquid hydrogen route, facilitating the market entry of green hydrogen produced in Oman.
The agreement, signed at the Omani Pavilion during COP28 in Dubai, witnessed the participation of Minister of Energy and Minerals Salim bin Nasser al Aufi and Climate Envoy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Prince Jaime de Bourbon de Parme.
Hydrogen liquefaction The agreement entails an in-depth assessment of the prerequisites for establishing an open-access hydrogen liquefaction, storage, and export facility in Oman. Additionally, it involves the provision of specialised vessels for transporting liquid hydrogen, a development currently underway by GasLog.
The objective is to establish a green hydrogen corridor between Oman and the Netherlands, utilising Zenith Energy’s terminal as the destination for import, regasification, and further distribution of Oman-produced hydrogen.
The distribution will cater to local off-takers within the port of Amsterdam and large industries in the European hinterland. The open-access liquefaction facility will also empower the Government of Oman to explore cost-effective hydrogen export corridors to other global markets.
Abdulaziz al Shidhani, Managing Director of Hydrom, highlighted the persistent challenges of storing and transporting hydrogen on a large scale in the global race towards a hydrogenbased economy.