This research will investigate alternatives to meet the energy demand of present and future industries operating within Sohar Port and Freezone. It will consist of two parts, where the first part will be an input to the second part. The first part will explore the economic feasibility of setting up a green energy production plant within remote areas. This part of the research will be a techno-economic analysis of such a (green) hydrogen production site, including the potential cost declines in both electrolysis as well as solar energy in the region. Furthermore, it will investigate what role blue hydrogen could fulfil in ramping up the production within this value chain. Also, the most cost-efficient way to transport the hydrogen or electricity towards the Port of Sohar will be studied including the availability of additional financial incentives such as carbon credits which can benefit either the generator in interior or the off taker in Sohar. The second part will investigate what the economic feasibility will be of such a hydrogen value chain for downstream activities. It will research which demand is most feasible for hydrogen sourced from interior. For this, an analysis will be conducted, taking into account the institutional context (e.g. CO2 price, grey hydrogen, natural gas, electricity, international commodity prices, etc.). As a timescale, 2030-2040 will be considered, aligned with the vision of the Port of Sohar to become a zero-emission. Three Dush students (selected by Sohar Port) and three Omani fresh students (selected by OHC) are jointly delivering the project under supervision of Oman Hydrogen Centre, Delft University, SoharPort, Petroleum Development of Oman.
Mariya Al Subhi, Rolf Iwema, Huda Al Jahwari, Dick Scholte, Tota De Hauwere, and Yousuf Al Siyabi
Tom Costa, Sohar Port and Freezone
Dr. Khalil Al Hanshi, Petroleum Development Oman
Dr. Sulieman Al Tobi, Petroleum Development Oman
Dr. Sausan Al Riyami, Oman Hydrogen Centre, GUtech