PTT Exploration and Production expands to Oman to advance green hydrogen project

Exploration & Production

PTT Exploration and Production (PTTEP), Thailand’s national energy company, is gearing towards the development of future energy together with five world-renowned companies in a large-scale green hydrogen project in the Sultanate of Oman

This reflects PTTEP’s efforts under the strategy to become a low-carbon organisation and fostering sustainable growth. The green hydrogen project is expected to commence the production in 2030.

Montri Rawanchaikul, CEO of PTTEP, stated that the company’s subsidiary, FutureTech Energy Ventures (FTEV) with its five partners based in South Korea and France have been awarded the concession block and entered into a Project Development Agreement and a Sub-usufruct Agreement with Hydrom Oman SPC, a subsidiary under the Omani government, for the exclusive business development and production rights of green hydrogen project for 47 years in Block Z1-02 located in Duqm, east of the Sultanate of Oman. The development of the sizable green hydrogen project marks the company's first stepping stone to the clean energy business with targeted production capacity of approximately 220,000 tons of green hydrogen per year.

The consortium will carry out the feasibility and technical studies, in order to finalise the total capital expenditure requirement for the project.

Block Z1-02 covers approximately 340 sq km in Duqm, Oman. The consortium consists of FTEV, a group of South Korean companies including POSCO Holdings; Samsung Engineering; Korea East-West Power; Korea Southern Power; and MESCAT Middle East DMCC, a subsidiary of ENGIE, French leading renewable company.

This project will be developed as the integrated green hydrogen production including installed renewable energy from solar and wind with planned capacity of approximately five GW and the green hydrogen plant constructed at the awarded concession area. Another development is the ammonia production plant to convert the majority of green hydrogen production output into green ammonia at the capacity of 1.2mn tons per year for exporting to South Korea which will be located in the Special Economic Zone at Duqm. The remaining green hydrogen will be served for Oman’s domestic consumption. The construction is expected to take place in 2027, followed by targeted commercial operations date in 2030.

"Oman is at the forefront when it comes to driving substantial development in green hydrogen. Being granted the exclusive rights for this large-scale project is a significant milestone for PTTEP and our partners in expanding business into clean energy in one of the world’s high potential areas for renewables. PTTEP will leverage our experience and understanding of the energy business in Oman for over 20 years to contribute to the project development. The participation in this green hydrogen project will reinforce other developments of new form of energy in the future, supporting our goal to become a low-carbon organisation," said Rawanchaikul.     

At present, PTTEP has invested in the E&P businesses both upstream and midstream in Oman, including Oman Block 61, a large onshore gas field; PDO (Block 6), Oman’s largest onshore oil field; Mukhaizna (Block 53); Oman Onshore Block 12; and Oman LNG, the only LNG gas liquefaction complex in the country.