According to Cornelius Matthes, CEO of Dii Desert Energy, Oman plans to construct its own specialised hydrogen infrastructure, and studies are presently being conducted to evaluate alternative options.
Given that the three Omani ports are between 35 and 80 kilometres from the locations of the salt caverns, storage in lined rock caves could be thought of as a possible solution.
Currently in the planned stages is a brand-new hydrogen pipeline network connecting Salalah, Duqm, Sohar, and Muscat. Infrastructure for hydrogen fueling stations will be built all around Oman. Oman Airports allocated property last week for the nation’s first hybrid hydrogen station, which is scheduled to open for business in 2024.
In terms of hydrogen production, liquefaction, storage, and bunkering as well as serving as hubs for hydrogen collection and onward distribution, Oman’s ports will be crucial to the logistics of hydrogen. As they decarbonize, ports may also become early adopters of hydrogen.
To progress the business, Oman is offering a thorough top-down framework, but not as many production incentives as the US has with the Inflation Reduction Act. In addition, Abu Dhabi’s Department of Energy will shortly publish a regional framework or policy for hydrogen. The federal hydrogen strategy for the UAE is anticipated to be unveiled in the second quarter.