Oman consortium to invest $1 billion in green export project

By Julian Atchison on January 13, 2022

SalalaH2: 1,000 tonnes per day green ammonia

Click to learn more about the SalalaH2 project, which will feed OQ's existing ammonia production
Click to learn more about the SalalaH2 project, which will feed OQ’s existing ammonia production plant with renewable hydrogen. Source: OQ.

First announced in October 2021, the SalalaH2 consortium partners (OQ, Marubeni, Linde and Dutco) are jointly developing a 1,000 tonnes per day green ammonia project in Salalah, south Oman. 1 GW of wind and solar capacity (new build & existing) will power 400 MW of electrolysers, which will feed an existing ammonia production plant owned & operated by OQ (the plant currently relies on gas as a feedstock). The renewable ammonia product will be destined for coal co-firing, fertiliser and maritime fuel applications via export.

$1 billion & a grand vision for exports

The consortium envisions a green product export hub in Salalah to compliment current projects planned in Duqm, a port city about 500km further north along Oman’s coastline. We’ve already reported on two green ammonia projects planned for Duqm: OQ & DEME Concessions’ HYPORT® green ammonia plant, and ACME’s million-tonne-per-year facility. To bring this vision in Salalah to life, $1 billion will be invested by the consortium partners.

Salalah, and Dhofar in general, is a region with exceptional conditions, with wind speeds of over 10 metres per second, and like the rest of Oman, has world-class solar PV conditions. Moreover, Salalah has an existing free zone with infrastructure that comes with it; It also has a modern and well-connected port, and most importantly, Salalah has an existing ammonia plant of OQ.

Juman al Saqlawi, SalalaH2 Project Lead speaking at the Green Hydrogen Summit Oman, reported at ZAWYA/Oman Daily Observer, 13 Dec 2021