Agreement signed to Conduct Joint Study for Green Hydrogen Fueling Stations in Duqm

Muscat: An agreement was signed here today between OQ Group, the Ministry of Transport, Communication and Information Technology, ASYAD Group, Oman Oil Marketing Company and Air Liquide Group.

The agreement aims to conduct a joint study pilot project on green hydrogen fueling stations in the economic zone in Duqm (SEZAD). This move is undertaken due to the abundance of solar and wind energy resources in the region, in addition to its strategic location and proximity to target markets.

The concept study encompasses the generation of renewable energy from solar and wind energy, green hydrogen production, the establishment of a hydrogen fueling station, and the operation of green hydrogen-fueled vehicles, including trucks and buses, all within the confines of the Duqm Special Economic Zone.

The study aligns with Oman’s aspirations in utilizing green hydrogen fuel within the transportation sector, which is a pivotal step towards achieving net zero carbon emissions.

Najla Zuhair Al Jamali, Chief Executive of Alternative Energy at OQ said, “This agreement is an important step to continue exploring the Sultanate of Oman’s promising potential in the field of green fuel, with a particular focus on the potential use of green hydrogen for land transportation. This initiative aligns with our commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and it is consistent with the company’s plans to be a leader in energy transition.”

On his turn, Ahmed Ali Balushi, Chief Executive Asset Management of ASYAD Group, said: “The study comes within the initiatives that ASYAD Group is undertaking to reduce emissions in various processes of its operations. The study is in line with the Sultanate of Oman’s goal to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050.”

Al Balushi added that the move focuses on developing land transportation assets by providing buses and trucks that operate on biofuel cells, which is very important in exploring all ways for the group to create a clean environment using sustainable fuel.

He emphasized that the joint study reaffirms ASYAD Group’s commitment to sustainability plans and supports green hydrogen projects within SEZAD, a key focus area encompassing ASYAD Dry Dock, ASYAD Duqm Terminals and the Port of Duqm.

Moreover, Tarik Mohammed Al Junaidi, Chief Executive Officer of Oman Oil Marketing Company said, “We look forward to partnering with the Ministry of Transport, Communications, and Information Technology, OQ, Asyad Group, and Air Liquide Group in this initiative to study the establishment of a green hydrogen refueling station. Green hydrogen infrastructure will allow us to adapt further to the shift in the energy landscape and contribute to national efforts to reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.”

He added, “Hydrogen is a game-changer for decarbonizing Oman’s transport sector, and this will enable our Company to further diversify its products.

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