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UAE’s revised energy strategy includes big hydrogen plans

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UAE’s revised energy strategy includes big hydrogen plans

The UAE aims to produce 1.4 million tonnes of hydrogen annually by 2031 and expects the figure to increase tenfold to 15 million by 2050, an energy ministry official said on Tuesday.

Source: Oil and Gas Middle East

One of the world’s top oil exporters, the UAE said its hydrogen targets are part of a wider revision of the Gulf state’s energy strategy for 2050 to better align the plan, announced in 2017, with a mid-century goal of climate neutrality.

Undersecretary for Energy and Petroleum Affairs Sharif Alolama told Reuters green hydrogen, produced using renewable energy, should become progressively cheaper and the UAE should be a leading producer.

We have recognised that hydrogen will be a major part in the energy mix, may be not over the next three to five years but more within 10.

Affairs Sharif Alolama, Undersecretary for Energy and Petroleum

Of the total 1.4 million tonnes, the UAE’s clean energy firm Masdar is expected to produce 1 million tonnes of green hydrogen by 2031 with the remaining 0.4 million tonnes blue hydrogen, produced using natural gas.

Two “hydrogen oases” or hubs for production will be located in Ruwais and the Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (KIZAD), and 2050 there would be a total of five hubs, Alolama said.

The country’s revised energy plan includes tripling renewable energy capacity from to 14 gigawatts by 2030 from 3.2 gigawatts now.

The UAE has also updated its national climate pledge under the Paris Agreement to cut emissions by 40% by 2030, raising its target from 31%, the climate ministry said on Tuesday.

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