Last Updated on January 4, 2024 by News Editor
As the world’s appetite for clean power grows, hydrogen energy emerges as a promising contender, ticking all the right boxes. Oman, known for its oil and gas production, is now setting the stage for a green H2 revolution. The nation is strategically positioned to become a powerhouse in hydrogen production and manufacturing, with the potential to significantly reduce capital costs by 70% by 2030. This is primarily due to the country’s planned expansion of electrolyzer capacity.
Oman is now charting a progressive course towards its energy future, underpinned by a clear long-term strategy and robust ambitions for achieving net-zero emissions. This blog delves into the pivotal role of green H2 in Oman’s journey toward a sustainable future.
Hydrogen: The Critical Fuel for a Low-Carbon Future
As the world shifts towards a low-carbon future, hydrogen, which can be derived from renewable energy and natural gas, is poised to play a pivotal role. It exists in several forms, namely blue, green, and grey. Both blue and grey hydrogen is sourced from natural gas, while green hydrogen is produced by breaking down water molecules via electrolysis. According to projections by the French investment bank Natixis, global hydrogen investment could surpass $300 billion by 2030. Arab nations, with their abundant solar and wind resources, are well-positioned in this emerging market.
Oman’s Ambitious Hydrogen Production Targets for 2030, 2040, and 2050
Oman, with its vast potential for affordable solar and wind energy, stands to reap numerous advantages from renewable hydrogen energy. The nation has set ambitious goals to manufacture a minimum of a million tonnes of renewable hydrogen annually by 2030, with plans to increase this capacity to 3.75 million tonnes by 2040 and 8.5 million tonnes by 2050. Interestingly, the hydrogen production target for 2040 is equivalent to 80% of Oman’s present exports of liquefied natural gas.
Oman’s Current Energy Landscape: Oil, Gas, and Electricity
As per the International Energy Agency (IEA), oil and gas exports currently account for 60% of Oman’s export revenue. Additionally, natural gas generates over 95% of the nation’s electricity generation. In a significant move, Oman established a state-owned entity, Hydrogen Oman, in October to manage hydrogen initiatives. Oman has designated two areas in the southern port city of Duqm and another four in Salalah for green hydrogen project development. The IEA reports that 1,500 square kilometers of land have been set aside for development by 2030, with the potential for up to 40 times more land identified for hydrogen production. In the country’s inaugural auction process, six projects have already been granted land for renewable hydrogen production.