MUSCAT : The Minister conducted a comprehensive inspection of the liquefied hydrogen carrier ‘Suiso Frontier’, in the presence of H.E. Mohsen bin Hamad Al Hadrami, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Energy and Minerals, and H.E. Jutta Yamamoto, Ambassador of Japan to the Sultanate of Oman, alongside several officials from the hydrogen, transport, and logistics sector.
The Ministry’s website stated that the team was briefed on the ship’s public facilities, as well as the hydrogen transfer control room, which is augmented with cutting-edge technology to display the scenario of transporting liquefied hydrogen on a commercial scale, as well as the economic feasibility of transport projects.
Manufactured by Kawasaki Heavy Industries in Japan and operated by ‘Shell’ Japan, this ship undertakes the transportation of liquefied hydrogen according to specific technical standards, with temperatures up to minus two hundred and thirty-five degrees Celsius.
In February 2022, the ‘Suiso Frontier’ ferried the inaugural consignment of liquefied hydrogen from the shores of Australia to Japan. This ship has, thus, solidified its position as a significant experimental station, notably catalyzing research and development in the hydrogen domain. It can ferry substantial hydrogen volumes, with cargo capacity reaching 1250 cubic meters. The financial expenditure in the construction of this ship has been appraised at approximately three hundred and fifty-nine million US dollars.
Japan stands as a strategic partner to the Sultanate of Oman, particularly in the energy domain. This strategic alignment was solidified through the signing of a Memorandum of Cooperation in early January 2023; the collaboration encompasses a spectrum of sectors, including hydrogen, ammonia fuel, carbon recycling, and contemporary methodologies of methane production.
Notably, the Sultanate of Oman has strengthened its position in green hydrogen projects. This is underscored by its engagement in various projects aimed at producing an annual yield of 750 thousand tons of green hydrogen, with an investment value estimated at $30 billion in the initial bidding phase.
Furthermore, these efforts have led to the inauguration of three concession areas within the Dhofar Governorate, which, as per the second auction phase, is anticipated to be concluded by the end of the first quarter in 2024.
The Sultanate’s future ambitions encompass the production of over one million tons by 2030, and 8 million tons by the year 2050.