Morocco to Assign One Million Hectares for Green Hydrogen Development

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Morocco has unveiled an ambitious plan to assign one million hectares of public lands for green hydrogen development, as part of its decarbonisation policy. Prime Minister Aziz Akhannouch launched the Morocco Offer programme, aiming to position the country as a key player in the global green hydrogen market.

The programme, announced on Monday, pledges to cover the entire value chain of the green hydrogen industry, offering incentives to investors. Specific details about these incentives are yet to be disclosed.

The plan seeks to attract investments in the production of green hydrogen and its derivatives, achieved through electrolysis and renewable power. The produced green hydrogen will be supplied for domestic use or for export.

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The first phase of the programme will make 300,000 hectares of land available for development. Some projects will also focus on converting green hydrogen into methanol, ammonia, synthetic fuels, and related logistic operations.

Morocco has already garnered interest from about 100 local and foreign investors looking to participate in green hydrogen production within its borders.

The North African nation, known for its abundant wind and vast solar power resources, aims to add 10 GW of renewables to its energy mix by 2030. It projects a local annual hydrogen demand of 4 TWh and exports of 10 TWh by the same year.

Green hydrogen, also referred to as GH2, is produced through the electrolysis of water using renewable electricity. Its primary objective is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and limit global warming by replacing grey hydrogen, which is derived from fossil fuels without carbon capture, resulting in higher emissions.

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