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Mauritania agrees to develop a new 10 GW hydrogen project

Germany’s project developer Conjuncta, Egypt’s energy group Infinity and the United Arab Emirates' renewable energy company Masdar have signed a preliminary agreement with the Mauritanian government to develop a US$34bn green hydrogen project in the country, which would have a production capacity of up to 8 Mt/year with an electrolyser capacity of up to 10 GW. The first phase of the plant (400 MW), to be located north-east of Nouakchott, should be commissioned in 2028.

Mauritania, whose installed capacity stood at 626 MW at the end of 2021 (81% of which is oil-fired) signed several agreements to develop hydrogen projects in recent months. In September 2022, Total Eren and Chariot agreed to start feasibility studies in order to develop the 10 GW Nour green hydrogen project. The plant, which would meet both domestic green fuel demand and export demand, will be equally owned by the two companies. Chariot will co-lead on project development and permitting, local content, and stakeholder engagement. In addition, in November 2022, BP and the government of Mauritania signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to explore ways to develop green hydrogen in the country.