Petrofac, a leading provider of services to the global energy industry, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Oman Hydrogen Centre (OHC) to collaborate in building capabilities for Oman’s renewable energy sector, the company announced on Wednesday.
The agreement aims to strengthen the sector, particularly in green hydrogen.
The partnership “will bring considerable benefits to the efficient implementation of green hydrogen projects and help accelerate the Sultanate’s energy transition,” the statement said.
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Additionally, the collaboration will help in the development of Omani talent.
Petrofac recently completed front-end engineering design (FEED), for green hydrogen production facilities followed by studies for small-scale industrial globally.
The building company will provide technical expertise, design experience, project management and execution, and building capacity through knowledge transfer, the statement said.
“Green hydrogen provides an opportunity to help accelerate the energy transition in Oman through the decarbonisation of many parts of our industries,” Petrofac Oman’s country manager Dr Khalid Al Jahwari said.
Al Jahwari said the partnership with OHC “is designed to meet the needs of new complex energy assets,” adding it will focus on engineering excellence and a skilled workforce.
“With our combined knowledge, experience and capabilities, we are here to support this transition,” he said.
In June this year, the Sultanate’s Ministry of Energy and Minerals was in the process of appointing a think tank to promote Oman as a hub for production and export of green hydrogen.
Oman aims to be at the forefront of green hydrogen production, especially as key resources such as solar and wind energy and adequate lands will play a pivotal role in achieving this target.
The government also aims to attract foreign direct investments in the green hydrogen sector, as “there is a good demand for investments,” according to Ministry of Energy and Minerals’ director-general of renewable energy and hydrogen, Abdulaziz Said Al Shedhani.
“Remarkable efforts from governmental units, industries, and scientists take place towards accelerating the energy transition and green economy,” Oman Hydrogen Centre’s director Dr. Sausan Al Riyami said, adding “this will enable the building of our Omani talents in energy sector.”