Uniper boards HYPORT Duqm green hydrogen project in Oman
Hydrogen tanks. Source: US Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy
July 19 (Renewables Now) - German energy company Uniper SE (ETR:UN01) on Monday announced that it has joined HYPORT Duqm, a major project aimed at developing a 250-MW to 500-MW green hydrogen hub in the sultanate of Oman.
Uniper has signed a cooperation agreement with HYPORT Duqm’s shareholders, Belgian contractor DEME Concessions and Oman’s OQ Alternative Energy, to provide engineering services and negotiate an exclusive off-take agreement for green ammonia.
Uniper will contribute by demonstrating a strong business case for the off-take and enable HYPORT Duqm’s partners to secure financing for the project, the company said.
The HYPORT Duqm duo secured a 150-square-kilometre (57.9 sq miles) site in the Special Economic Zone at the port town of Duqm earlier this year. The site will accommodate up to 1.3 GW of wind and solar power capacity to produce hydrogen, which will then be processed into green ammonia.
The 250-MW to 500-MW green hydrogen facility and the supporting renewable energy infrastructure represent the first phase of the project. Uniper reveals that the facility is planned to start operation in 2026.
The HYPORT Duqm facility will connect to Port of Duqm’s new export terminal, storage infrastructure and liquid jetties. The port will be used as the gateway to deliver competitive green hydrogen and hydrogen-derived products to global markets, Uniper said.
“We need to get hydrogen out of the laboratory and start using it in large-scale applications and marketable industrial solutions -- we should turn it into a market and exploit its wide variety of uses,” Uniper Chief Commercial Office Niek den Hollander commented.
“One way of achieving this is to import green ammonia and convert it into hydrogen, which is something we are looking at for Wilhelmshaven on Germany's North Sea coast. Germany will be heavily dependent on imports if we want to use hydrogen to help us achieve our climate goals,” the CCO adds.
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