Uniper to explore green ammonia offtake from Oman hydrogen project
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Uniper to explore green ammonia offtake from Oman hydrogen project

Oman’s strategic green hydrogen project HYPORT Duqm has revealed the signing of a new cooperation agreement with Uniper today (July 19) to negotiate the offtake agreement of green ammonia.

With this, HYPORT Duqm’s shareholders, DEME Concessions and OQ Alternative Energy, have onboarded a global group that will support the project in demonstrating a strong business case for the offtake enabling the shareholders to secure optimal financing for the project. 

The first phase of the HYPORT Duqm project will see the development of a 250 to 500MW green hydrogen facility in the Special Economic Zone at Duqm, Oman.

The facility is expected to come into operation in 2026 and will respond to the global demand for green hydrogen and its derivatives.

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Phase one will establish a complete power-to-product value chain at utility scale, combining first-of-a-kind technology integration with economies of scale, producing 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 capacity from solar and wind, via electrolysis-based hydrogen production to the synthesis of green ammonia.

The project will also connect to Port of Duqm’s brand new export terminal, storage infrastructure and liquid jetties that will use the port as its gateway to deliver competitive decarbonised molecules to users worldwide.

Niek den Hollander, Chief Commercial Officer of Uniper, says, “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.

“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.”

Luc Vandenbulcke, CEO of DEME Group, said, “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 carbon and greenhouse gas emissions (as expressed in the Green Deal and Fit for 55 objectives) but will also strengthen Oman and the Sultanate’s visionary future.”

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