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Oman: International Companies Express Interest to Invest in Clean Hydrogen

By November 16, 2020 2   min read  (305 words)

November 16, 2020 |

Solar to Hydrogen

A group of international companies expresses interest to invest in clean hydrogen projects in the special economic zones and free zones in Oman.

Jalal bin Abdulkarim Al Lawati, from the Public Authority for Special Economic Zones and Free Zones (OPAZ), said that “the Public Authority for Special Economic Zones and Free Zones is currently evaluating a number of investment requests in this field. Those companies are showing interest to invest in the Special Economic Zone at Duqm (Sezad) and Sohar Free Zone to produce electricity from solar and wind energy as great sources to produce green hydrogen for export.”

Allocating 100 km2 of land  for clean energy 

The interest reflects the Omans’ perfect characteristics for hosting such clean energy projects, according to the studies. Oman is rich in natural solar and wind energy.

Having huge spacious lands across the country mark a great platform for placing solar panels and wind turbines to produce electricity.

OPAZ has designated a dedicated zone for clean energy in the Special Economic Zone at Duqm (Sezad). This zone covers an area of 100 km2, which is enough to generate about 10 gigawatts of electrical energy. Furthermore, OPAZ is coordinating with other concerned government bodies to allocate an area in Sohar for expansion in producing solar energy.

The Public Authority for Special Economic Zones and Free Zones (OPAZ)  is coordinating with other concerned government bodies to allocate an area in Sohar for expansion in producing solar energy.

Al Lawati “Clean hydrogen projects are considered one of the future strategic projects that international companies are interested to invest in as an environment-friendly alternative to oil and gas byproducts. Usually, electricity is generated from clean sources and used to separate hydrogen bits from oxygen in water, and then use hydrogen bits as a source of energy or converted to other chemicals such as ammonia or methanol”

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