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Uniper joins Oman’s green hydrogen project

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HYPORT Duqm, Oman’s strategic green hydrogen project, has inked a collaboration deal with energy giant Uniper. Uniper will join the project team to provide engineering services and to negotiate an exclusive offtake agreement for green ammonia under the terms of the collaboration.

With Uniper, HYPORT Duqm shareholders DEME Concessions and OQ Alternative Energy have onboarded a globally recognized and reputable partner, which will assist HYPORT Duqm in presenting a solid business case for offtake, allowing them to acquire optimal financing for the project.

This deal is a major step forward for HYPORT Duqm, which earlier this year secured its 150 km2 renewable energy site in the Special Economic Zone of Duqm, Oman. The site is being prepared for the installation of a series of meteorological masts to validate Duqm’s superb sun and wind conditions, which are available all year and constitute the foundation of a successful green hydrogen to green ammonia project.

The first phase of the HYPORT Duqm project will see the construction of a 250 to 500 MW green hydrogen facility in Duqm’s Special Economic Zone. The facility, which is scheduled to open in 2026, will meet global demand for green hydrogen and its derivatives. HYPORT Duqm Phase 1 will build a complete power-to-product value chain at the utility scale, combining first-of-its-kind technology integration with economies of scale to produce competitive green hydrogen and green ammonia.

Future expansions are foreseen in subsequent phases, whereby a further scaling up of the value chain will transform the Special Economic Zone into a Green Hydrogen hub in Oman and the wider region. HYPORT Duqm showcases the development of a complete green hydrogen value chain, from the installation of up to 1.3 GWp of renewable power generation capacity from solar and wind (Phase 1), via the electrolysis-based hydrogen production to the synthesis of green ammonia. HYPORT Duqm will connect to Port of Duqm’s brand-new export terminal, storage infrastructure and liquid jetties and will use Port of Duqm as its gateway to deliver competitive decarbonised molecules to users worldwide.

“The DEME Group has always been at the forefront of sustainable solutions on a global scale. The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals are the compass to our present and future activities. With HYPORT Duqm, DEME is proud of taking the initiative in the global energy transition whereby green hydrogen has been identified as one of the major energy vectors. This project will not only contribute to the challenging European ambitions to reduce CO2 and GHG emissions (as expressed in the Green Deal and Fit for 55 objectives), but will also strengthen Oman and the Sultanate’s visionary future.”

Luc Vandenbulcke, CEO DEME Group.

“The partnership with OQ and DEME in the HYPORT Duqm project supports Uniper’s global hydrogen strategy. Engagements like this one in the Middle East offer Uniper the opportunity to enter into green hydrogen projects that can potentially take advantage of some of the world’s lowest LCOEs, thereby delivering cost competitive hydrogen or its derivatives, such as green ammonia, to Germany and Europe. With Uniper as the offtake partner for green ammonia, the partnership will benefit from the additional value added through Uniper’s global commodity trading network.”

John Roper, Uniper CEO Middle East.
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