Mauritania can utilise green hydrogen to be a force in green steel
Mauritania can utilise green hydrogen to be a force in green steel

Hydrogen presents Mauritania and EU with ‘win win’

Leading iron producer Mauritania could export iron and green steel by embracing green hydrogen which would be benefit the west African country and the European Union (EU).

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen outlined the mutual benefits during a recent hydrogen roundtable in Nouakchott.

“That is why hydrogen is so important for Mauritania but also for Europe, so we share the interests. It would be a source of revenue domestically and an export product, for example to the European Union,” she said.

She added that demand for Mauritania’s green hydrogen and potentially green steel will set to grow exponentially in the European Single Market.

The EU aims to produce 10 million tonnes of green hydrogen by 2030, and import another 10 million tonnes by the same date.

“So we have to work very hard domestically, but we also need partners abroad,” added President von der Leyen. “And to facilitate this shared ambition outside Europe, we created the investment plan that you are very familiar with, which is Global Gateway… which will mobilise up to €300bn worldwide for sustainable and high-quality projects in partner countries. And here, Mauritania comes into play.”

Mauritania, Africa’s second largest iron producer, is aiming to double its iron production by 2026. The country is also endowed by gold, copper, gypsum and uranium.

Société Nationale Industrielle et Minière (SNIM) surpassed 14 million tonnes threshold in sales for the first time in December.

On the sidelines of COP28, SNIM signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Chariot and Total eren to study  supplying its trains with clean energy.

Petrofac wins bp services contract 

Last month, Petrofac secured a three-year operations services contract from bp for its Greater Tortue Ahmeyim (GTA) project in Mauritania and Senegal.

The multi-million-dollar Master Services Agreement covers a wide scope of services. These include onshore and offshore management and supervision, provision of personnel, and equipment maintenance. GTA, located 120km offshore in water depth of 2850m, is one of the deepest subsea developments in Africa.

bp and partners confirmed the development concept for the second phase of the bp-operated Greater Tortue Ahmeyim (GTA) liquefied natural gas (LNG) project last year.

Phase 1 will export gas to an FPSO approximately 40km offshore where the gas will be processed and liquids separated, before exporting gas onward to floating LNG facilities 10km offshore. It is expected to produce around 2.3 million tonnes of LNG per year.

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