CEO of NEOM Green Hydrogen Co.: Plant Construction Making Significant Progress
05.06.2024 By Tank Terminals - NEWS

May 06, 2024 [Asharq Al-Awsat]- The CEO of NEOM Green Hydrogen Co. has announced progress on building the world’s largest hydrogen plant in Saudi Arabia’s NEOM region.

 

Wesam Al-Ghamdi revealed that the construction of the plant in NEOM’s city of “Oxagon” is advancing significantly.

Speaking to Asharq Al-Awsat, Al-Ghamdi revealed that his company received initial supplies and is now focusing on installation, expecting more deliveries this year.

The CEO reaffirmed that he aims for significant construction progress this year, gearing up for full operations by 2026.

Al-Ghamdi referenced the company’s notable accomplishment in 2023, reaching full financial closure in May of the previous year after securing a total funding of $8.4 billion.

The CEO highlighted the importance of getting started at the NOEM green hydrogen complex. He mentioned that even though it’s in the early stages with support from ACWA Power, Air Products, and NEOM, the funding has helped speed up construction.

He emphasized how this financial backing shows confidence in the project’s economic value and its goal of creating the biggest hydrogen plant globally.

Hydrogen Production

Al-Ghamdi explained that in 2023, the company focused on completing basic construction works to prepare for receiving key supplies at their NEOM site. The first six wind turbines arrived in October at NEOM’s port in “Oxagon,” a city focused on clean industries.

He stressed his company’s confidence in scaling up green hydrogen production at the lowest cost possible by 2026. Saudi Arabia aims to lead globally in hydrogen production and exports, aligning with green initiatives. The target is to produce 4 million tons of clean hydrogen annually by 2030.

Saudi Arabia Leading in Green Hydrogen

Al-Ghamdi predicted that Saudi Arabia will take the lead in producing green hydrogen soon, tapping into its vast experience and natural resources like wind and solar power.

He stressed that the NEOM green hydrogen project aims to play a big role in achieving this ambitious goal.

Once operational, the plant is expected to churn out 600 tons of carbon-free hydrogen daily by 2026, enough to power around 20,000 hydrogen buses.

It also plans to produce 1.2 million tons of green ammonia yearly for global export. The company will have a special pier for shipping the hydrogen as ammonia directly from its site.

Al-Ghamdi highlighted the project’s importance, saying it aligns with the goals of Saudi Arabia’s national transformation plan, Vision 2030, and will help remove carbon from major sectors like transportation and heavy industries.

NEOM Green Hydrogen Project Leads in Full Funding

Al-Ghamdi highlighted that while many green hydrogen projects globally are still in early planning, the NEOM one stands out as the only project fully funded. This achievement came through an exclusive deal with Air Products to buy all their green hydrogen output for export over three decades.

Al-Ghamdi noted that the emerging green hydrogen sector offers significant global opportunities. NEOM Green Hydrogen aims to showcase these opportunities by proving the economic feasibility of large-scale green hydrogen production and its potential for extensive growth.

Clean hydrogen is increasingly seen as a key solution to combat climate change. As countries strive for carbon neutrality, clean hydrogen is expected to play a vital role in speeding up the transition to cleaner energy and industries, providing the only viable way to remove carbon on a large scale.

NEOM Green Hydrogen Plant Aims to Offset 5 Million Tons of CO2 Annually

Al-Ghamdi affirmed that the plant, upon full operation by 2026, aims to offset up to 5 million tons of carbon dioxide annually.

Clean hydrogen is seen as crucial in addressing emissions from industries heavily reliant on it, such as transportation and heavy machinery.

The CEO emphasized its potential for remote areas where continuous operation is vital, like around-the-clock trucking.

Moreover, Al-Ghamdi highlighted that hydrogen combustion solely produces water vapor, making it a carbon-free end product. In addition to its environmental benefits, the NEOM green hydrogen plant aims to foster international collaboration and invest in clean energy technology.

 

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