Mauritania and BP Partner to Investigate Large-Scale Green Hydrogen Production
British multinational oil and gas company, BP, is exploring the green hydrogen market and its derivatives in Mauritania as part of its plans to diversify its business activities. In attendance at the 27th United Nations Conference of the Parties on Climate Change (COP27) in Sharm el-Sheikh, BP's senior executives signed an agreement with the Mauritanian authorities to assess the technical and commercial feasibility of producing green hydrogen in the country.
Under the agreement, BP plans to conduct a data collection campaign, studying the suitability of wind and solar resources in selected sites for large-scale renewable energy production and green hydrogen production. The move comes as part of BP's ambition to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.
His Excellency the Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Al Gazouani, accompanied by the accompanying delegation and the CEO of BP on the sidelines of the COP27 summit,
BP is not the only investor in Mauritania's green hydrogen market, with two other companies already establishing their presence in the country. Australian energy group CWP Global intends to develop a production capacity of 1.7 million tonnes per year of green hydrogen or 10 million tonnes per year of green ammonia for local use and export, while the British company Chariot has partnered with "Total Eren" to construct the "Nour" project. The project involves the construction of solar and wind farms in the Mauritanian desert with a capacity of 10 GW, with the electricity generated transformed into green hydrogen via electrolysis.
BP's move into the green hydrogen market is a positive step towards the company's net-zero carbon emissions target and a cleaner, more sustainable future. With the support of the Mauritanian authorities, BP is well-positioned to explore the potential of green hydrogen production in the country, and contribute to a more sustainable future for all.
BP has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Mauritania government to explore the potential of producing green hydrogen in the country. BP will conduct studies to determine the technical and commercial feasibility of producing green hydrogen in Mauritania, which is produced through the electrolysis of water powered by renewable energy. BP will first collect data on the suitability of wind and solar resources in selected locations for large-scale green hydrogen production. BP and Mauritania already have a long-standing relationship, including the Greater Tortue Ahmeyim liquefied natural gas project and the BirAllah gas resource exploration. BP is working on a global portfolio of green and blue hydrogen projects in various countries.