[IMPACT Webinar]: Hydrogen Opportunities in MENA - Accelerating Export Projects and an International Market
“The Arab region is on track to lead the global Hydrogen/Ammonia market with the first world-scale project to come onstream by 2025”
– Mr. Wael Hamed Abdel Moati, Gas Industry Expert, OAPEC
On June 21, IMPACT MENA Live hosted a webinar focused on Hydrogen Opportunities in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. The event highlighted the significant potential for green hydrogen development in MENA, as the region aims to position itself as a major energy provider during the transition to a low-carbon economy. The webinar featured insights from various industry experts, including representatives from the International Energy Agency, the Organization of Arab Petroleum Exporting Countries, IRESEN - Research Institute for Solar Energy and New Energies in Morocco, and the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ).
The great insights are brought to you by:
International Energy Agency | Mr. Jostein Dahl Karlsen, Managing Director, Gas and Oil TCP
Organization of Arab Petroleum Exporting Countries | Mr. Wael Hamed Abdel Moati, Gas Industry Expert
IRESEN - Research Institute for Solar Energy and New Energies, Morocco | Dr. Samir Rachidi, Acting General Manager
German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) | Mr. Quentin Dominique Blommaert, Head - Hydrogen Diplomacy Office, Riyadh
4:16 - 25:40 | [Opening Keynote] Next Generation Energy Investment - the Case of the Oil and Gas Sector
Mr. Jostein Dahl Karlsen, Managing Director, Gas and Oil TCP, International Energy Agency
25:45 - 56:20 | MENA Clean Hydrogen Economy: Ongoing Activities in Arabian Countries and Its Regional Implications
Mr. Wael Hamed Abdel Moati, Gas Industry Expert, Organization of Arab Petroleum Exporting Countries
56: 25 - 1:17:45 | Partnering for Progress: The State of German – MENA Hydrogen Collaboration
Mr. Quentin Dominique Blommaert, Head - Hydrogen Diplomacy Office, Riyadh, German Agency for International Cooperation
1:17:57 - 1:36:58 | Leading in Cross-border Hydrogen Trade: Morocco’s Practice and the Way Forward
Dr. Samir RACHIDI, Acting General Manager, Research Institute for Solar Energy and New Energies, Government of Morocco
Our Top 6 Key Takeaways:
1. Next Decade Hydrogen: Energizing the Future alongside LNG, Renewables, and Critical Minerals
Hydrogen is a notable sector alongside LNG, critical minerals, renewables, and their derivatives. As the world addresses the climate crisis, many oil and gas companies are investing in renewable energy projects to reduce emissions and facilitate the transition to low-carbon technologies.
2. MENA Region: Overcoming Challenges to Catalyze Clean Hydrogen / Natural Gas Chain Transformation
The MENA region is overcoming cost and purchasing power limitations to lower the cost of hydrogen energy production and supply chain, fostering international collaboration and reasonable pricing. The implementation of Carbon Capture and Storage/Utilization (CCS-CCUS) remains a significant investment for the oil and gas sector to achieve net-zero emissions.
3. Arab Countries Leading the Charge: Ambitious Targets for Hydrogen Production
UAE, Egypt, Oman, KSA, and Algeria are leading the hydrogen market in Arab countries, setting ambitious targets for hydrogen production. For example, the UAE aims to be among the top ten hydrogen producers globally by 2031, while Oman plans to produce 8.5 million tonnes of clean hydrogen annually by 2050.
4. Hydrogen Projects in MENA: Egypt, Oman, and UAE Taking the Lead
As of April 1, 2023, Egypt, Oman, and UAE have taken the lead in announced hydrogen and ammonia projects among Arab countries, with Egypt accounting for 31% (24 projects). of the total projects in the region and Oman and UAE as the second and third lead of 15% (12 projects) and 14% (11 projects). However, it is also noteworthy to mention that Arab countries are primarily focusing on the production of green hydrogen and ammonia, with 68 projects dedicated to these green commodities, as compared with number of projects in transport (1 project) and those in application scenarios (4 projects). This highlights the region's commitment to renewable energy and signifies significant opportunities for the production of green hydrogen and ammonia in the Arab countries.
5. Germany and MENA: Pioneering Green Hydrogen Trade for Reliable Global Exports.
Germany is actively involved in boosting green hydrogen trade in the MENA region for reliable exports. The German government is importing hydrogen from MENA, particularly from the GCC countries, and has established offices, signed memorandums and sent experts to promote hydrogen cooperation in the region.
6. Morocco: Setting an Example for Green Hydrogen Deployment on a Global Scale.
Morocco is setting an example in exploring green hydrogen deployment on a regional and international scale. The country has developed a National Roadmap for Green Hydrogen and aims to provide high levels of green hydrogen production for local demand and exports. Morocco has established an industry cluster and infrastructure master plan to optimize infrastructure usage and cost savings.
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The webinar recap highlights the immense potential for green hydrogen development in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. MENA is strategically positioning itself as a key player in the energy transition, aiming to maintain its position as a major energy provider during the shift to a low-carbon economy. The region's abundant resources and ambitious targets set by countries like UAE, Egypt, Oman, KSA, and Algeria demonstrate their commitment to hydrogen production. Furthermore, the webinar emphasizes the importance of international collaboration, overcoming cost challenges, and investing in Carbon Capture and Storage/Utilization (CCS-CCUS) to achieve net-zero emissions. The developments in MENA, along with Germany's active involvement and Morocco's exemplary efforts, set the stage for an exciting future in the green hydrogen sector. The upcoming Connecting Green Hydrogen MENA 2024 event in Dubai further showcases the region's commitment to becoming a global hub for hydrogen innovation and collaboration.
The IMPACT MENA acts as the global launch conference for Connecting Green Hydrogen MENA 2024, which is set to be the largest hydrogen event in the MENA region. It will be held in Dubai from April 23-25, 2024, and will host over 3,000 participants and 150+ world-class speakers, including decision-makers, Energy Ministers, and CXOs from more than 50 countries.