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Oman: Renowned for its vast sun-drenched deserts and wind-swept landscapes, the Sultanate of Oman is positioning itself as a prominent hub for renewable resources and green hydrogen.

With a strong focus on renewable energy and green hydrogen, the government of Oman has emerged as a key player in the global green energy industry. The country has already embarked on the development of a green hydrogen sector in line with its net-zero strategy.

Recently, a distinguished Omani delegation, led by Mohsin bin Hamad Al Hadhrami, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Energy and Minerals, concluded a productive mission to Italy and Switzerland.

Delegation to Italy

During their visit to Italy, the delegation engaged in fruitful discussions with their counterparts on collaborative opportunities in renewable energy and green hydrogen while also strengthening their bilateral ties. These discussions centered on attracting investments to Oman and facilitating knowledge exchange with renowned Italian companies, institutions, and research centers.

Comprising representatives from the Ministry of Energy and Minerals and the Authority for Public Services Regulation (APSR), the delegation, alongside the representatives of the Omani Embassy in Italy, explored potential areas of synergy and forged joint ventures across various sectors of the energy industry. The primary objective was to promote sustainable technologies and innovations that would support Oman’s transition to a greener economy.

Delegation to Switzerland

Following their visit to Italy, the delegation proceeded to Switzerland to participate in the Business Forum of the Omani-Swiss Friendship Association.

The forum aimed to showcase best practices and discuss prospects in key sectors such as renewable energy, green hydrogen, energy storage systems, and carbon neutrality.

Al Hadhrami, addressing the forum, reaffirmed Oman’s unwavering commitment to sustainable economic transformation and the creation of a conducive environment for green investments.

Dr. Firas Al Abduwani, Director General of the Directorate General of Renewable Energy and Hydrogen at the Ministry of Energy and Minerals delivered an insightful presentation on Oman’s strategic approach to green hydrogen, highlighting the country’s efforts to promote its usage and the investment opportunities available.

Forum Discussion

The forum facilitated discussions on investment opportunities, expertise, and capabilities of Oman in the fields of hydrogen and renewable energy.

A dedicated session titled “Oman and Switzerland: Best Practices of Technology Transfer, Investment, and Cooperation” brought together experts and specialists to discuss technology transfer, investment, and fostering collaboration between the two countries, particularly in the energy sector.

The Omani Business Forum in Switzerland exemplified the firm commitment to enhancing economic collaboration in renewable energy and green hydrogen between the two nations. The forum offered a precious opportunity to exchange knowledge, nurture strategic partnerships among businesses and organizations, and actively contribute to the promotion of sustainable development and environmental stewardship.

Oman’s strong interest in the sustainable sector along with its strategic commitment to achieving net zero, resonates with its ambitious vision of becoming a world-renowned pioneer in hydrogen exports by 2030.

Anticipated outcomes of the advancements in the renewable sectors of the Sultanate include fostering economic diversification and ensuring a prosperous trajectory for Oman’s energy landscape.