January 10, 2023

OQ and Shell International partner for Green Hydrogen Project

Press release
Corporate Sustainability

An international consortium comprised of OQ, the global integrated energy group, InterContinental Energy, the leading dedicated green fuels developer, and EnerTech, a Kuwaiti state-owned company focused on clean energy investment and development, signed today a joint development and collaboration agreement with Shell International Exploration and Production BV. to cooperate in further developing the Green Energy Oman (GEO) project.

The project has been under development since 2018 and is expected to produce, at full capacity, 1.8 million tons of green hydrogen per annum in Al Wusta and Dhofar governorates in Oman.
Shell will join the consortium as the lead - Operating Partner after -acquiring a 35% equity holding from the Consortium.

On this occasion, Najla Bint Zuhair Al-Jamali, CEO of Alternative Energy at OQ, said: "The entry of Shell International Exploration and Production BV to this vital project constitutes a qualitative step that will enable the consortium to benefit from their advanced global expertise in this field. This will surely contribute to achieving the desired objectives of the project. Shell is a pioneering company in the alternative energy sector and entertains great technical and practical experience that would directly help in developing all phases of the project.

"We are pleased with the progress made by the project during the past few years and look forward to enhancing our cooperation with our partners in this project. We are also delighted with Shell’s admission to the consortium" She added. Al-Jamali explained that the GEO Project is one of the best specialised projects that seek to provide the necessary green energy sources to meet the increasing global demand on carbon-free fuel.

For his part, Walid Hadi, Senior Vice President Oman and Country Chair, Shell, stated: “By joining the GEO consortium, we are making a further step to progress lower and zero emissions energy projects in Oman. Our entry to the project is a sign of the potential we see for Oman through the energy transition."

InterContinental Energy (ICE) welcomed Shell’s admission to the GEO consortium. Mr. Tony Nieman, Head of Middle East at ICE, said: “Our company is pleased to welcome Shell as the future Operating Partner in Green Energy Oman (GEO). The deep experience and expertise that Shell brings is a major step towards bringing our mega-project to the next phase. ICE has been working in partnership with Oman and our partners since 2018, and today marks an important milestone in realising the vision for the GEO project to deliver more than 1.8 million tons per annum of green hydrogen to accelerate the energy transition both in Oman and internationally.”
Abdullah Al Mutairi, Enertech’s CEO commented on the event: “Enertech is a big believer in Oman’s Green energy potential and has been among the earliest movers into the market. We believe Shell’s entry is a major milestone in GEO’s project history as well as the global energy transition.”

Since 2019, the consortium has deployed a series of 140m high meteorological masts across the site collecting valuable solar and wind data. During the past year, a series of key studies has been awarded to progress the project such as the Concept Feasibility study conducted by Worley, the Environment & Social Impact Assessment study conducted by HMR as well as the Energy Yield Assessment conducted by DNV.