An oil and gas developer has secured the exclusive rights to develop a green hydrogen project of up to 10 GW in Mauritania, which could include Africa’s first offshore wind farm.
The government of the West African nation has signed a memorandum of understanding with London-based company Chariot Ltd – which has so far focused on the offshore oil and gas fields off Morocco, Namibia and the United States. Brazil – to advance the wind / solar / H de Nour giant2 project.
Chariot has secured exclusive development rights to three massive areas – one offshore, stretching about 160 km of Atlantic coastline from the country’s northern border, and two in uninhabited desert regions.
“The Nour project obtained exclusivity over an onshore and offshore area totaling approximately 14,400 km2 conduct pre-feasibility and feasibility studies with the aim of producing electricity from solar and wind resources to be used in electrolysis to separate water in order to produce green hydrogen and oxygen ”, Chariot said in a statement.
“Benefiting from Mauritania’s world-class solar and wind resources, the Nour project has the potential to enable Mauritania to produce Africa’s cheapest green hydrogen and become one of the world’s leading producers and exporters of Africa. green hydrogen and its by-products, close to the potential of major European markets.
The offshore area granted to the project has wind speeds of over 10 meters per second, rivaling those of the North Sea, while the levels of sunshine are among the highest in the world.
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The Guernsey-based developer – which was called Chariot Oil & Gas until early this year – says it intends to “achieve [a] partnership process on the project with the aim of forming a world-class consortium ”.
Chariot is not the first company to spot the development potential of green hydrogen from wind and solar power in Mauritania.
In May, Australian developer CWP Global signed a memorandum of understanding with the Mauritanian government to build the 30 GW wind / solar / green hydrogen Aman project over a distance of 8,500 km.2 site in the desert of the north of the country – although CWP does not appear to have obtained exclusive development rights.
“The development of the green hydrogen industry in Mauritania promises to bring a combination of environmental, economic and social benefits to our country,” said Minister of Petroleum, Mines and Energy, Abdessalam Ould Mohamed Saleh. “We have the potential and the desire to be a world leader in the production of hydrogen from renewable energy sources.