Oman’s energy company OQ, green fuels developer InterContinental Energy and Kuwait government-backed investor EnerTech have joined forces to develop an integrated green fuels mega project in Oman.
The consortium aims to produce millions of tonnes of zero-carbon green hydrogen a year from 25GW of solar and wind energy. The hydrogen can be used locally, exported directly, or converted into green ammonia for international export.
Wind and solar monitoring analysis has been ongoing in the Al Wusta governorate, central Oman, since 2019. The site benefits from very high and stable levels of solar irradiation during the day and consistent wind resources at night.
Given its scale, the project would provide a significant number of high-value jobs during site construction and operation, and support the development of Oman’s renewable energy supply chain manufacturing and expertise, the companies explained in a statement.
The planned project is located near the coast, for seawater intake and electrolysis. Existing energy infrastructure in Oman provides additional options for the future development of synthetic fuels for the aviation sector.
Demand for green hydrogen is expected to be boosted by decarbonisation goals in the shipping sector, which will require the use of green ammonia, as well as other segments of the transport sector and heavy industry, such as steel production.
Hong Kong-based Intercontinental Energy is developing a similar mega project in Australia.
Oman has just one 50MW operational onshore wind farm, according to Windpower Intelligence, the research and data division of Windpower Monthly.