Muscat, The Gulf Observer: The Sultanate of Oman has the essential resources to become a key producer and exporter of green hydrogen, according to the Sustainable Energy Research Centre at Sultan Qaboos University (SQU).
The research centre at SQU reaffirmed that the production of green hydrogen would contribute to boosting the economy, reduce carbon emissions and provide job opportunities.
Oman has set a target for production of one million tonnes of green hydrogen annually by 2030 and is working on developing a regulatory framework for the sector to attract investments from local and foreign companies.
Many international companies have shown interest in investing in this sector including Hyport Duqm, a consortium comprising international companies working on developing a facility for production of green hydrogen and ammonia in Duqm and it is expected to produce 200,000 tonnes of green hydrogen annually, when completed by 2025.
Dr. Rashid bin Said Al Abri, Director of the Sustainable Energy Research Centre at Sultan Qaboos University, said that with the increase of emissions of hot gases and the demand for energy, the countries are working on creating alternatives for sustainable energy.
The Sultanate of Oman aims to use its potentials to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050.
He said that there are some challenges that have to be considered and addressed before approving the production of green hydrogen on a larger scale in the Sultanate including the cost of production of green hydrogen and the development of related infrastructure for transport and storage of the same.
He said that the Sultanate of Oman has launched the National Hydrogen Alliance which comprises fifteen government and private establishments, research institutions and universities.
He said that projects related to hydrogen are evidence of the role the Sustainable Energy Research Centre plays in the National Hydrogen Alliance.
He said that the Sustainable Energy Research Centre will host on Monday the 18th International Conference on Theoretical and Engineering Solutions, which will last for three days. With ONA inputs