Salim bin Nasser al Aufi, Under-Secretary of the Ministry of Energy and Minerals of the Sultanate of Oman, and Manlio Di Stefano, Under-Secretary for Foreign Affairs of Italy, shared prospects and opportunities for stronger cooperation between the two countries in the development of the green hydrogen and renewable energies in a webinar promoted by the Embassy of Italy in Muscat and Omans Ministry of Energy and Minerals.
Several leading Italian companies of the energy sector – including ENI, SAIPEM, SNAM, Magaldi and Ansaldo Energia – engaged in a discussion with key Omani players of this field, including Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) OQ, and Sohar Port and Free Zone.
Both sides shared their perspectives on current initiatives and future plans, envisaging possible areas of common interest where research, industrial and technological cooperation can the strengthened with a view to promoting investments, transfer of technology and a sustainable growth pattern.
Italy is at the forefront, also as co-chair of the upcoming United Nations Conference on Climate Change – COP26, in promoting international collaboration for the reduction of emissions and the search for alternative energy supply sources and is willing to be technological partner of Oman.
The positive collaboration already underway between the Sultanate and Italian companies in the energy sector and the opportunities arising from the shared interest of the two countries to the development of clean energy technology paves the way to new initiatives and investments.
The webinar also highlighted to the Italian investors how Oman constitutes a platform of growing interest for the hydrogen industry and for renewable energies thanks to a wide and continuous availability of solar and wind sources, a consolidated industry of production and export of energy, a strategic geographical position with access to ports and merchant routes of global importance and proximity to the main international markets.
Source: Oman Observer