Morocco to start production of green ammoniac, hydrogen by 2022
The Portuguese technology company Fusion Fuel Green and the Consolidated Contractors Company (CCC), an American engineering solutions provider signed the agreement for the realization of the HEVO Ammonia project, which falls in the framework of the kingdom’s vision to become a global leader of the green hydrogen also dubbed “green gold”. The agreement concerns the project’s value chain in terms of logistics, infrastructure, transportation, and security for the ammonia production plant.
The HEVO Ammonia Morocco project will require a total investment of €865 million.
Mohammed Cherkaoui, a scientific advisor to CCC, said at the signing ceremony that the plant will be “the largest green hydrogen and ammonia farm in the world.” He added that the plant’s production will be exclusively exported to Europe.
The project will combine various technologies such as water desalination, solar concentration, as well as ammonia and hydrogen production, according to Cherkaoui. It will also create employment and promote technological innovation, he added.
The North African country has set as annual goal production of 31,850 tons of green hydrogen; 151,800 tons of nitrogen; and 183,650 tons of green ammonia.
Per the agreement, the project is expected to produce 3,650 tons of green ammonia in 2022; 20,000 tons in 2023; 40,000 tons in 2024; and 60,000 tons in 2025 and 2026.
As of the green gold, the project is targeting 616 tons in 2022; 3,472 in 2023; 6,940 in 2024; and 10,411 in 2025 and 2026.
Morocco, according to the ministry of energy, boasts several advantages that enable the production of green ammoniac and hydrogen.
Its proximity with Europe, one of the regions with the most stringent decarbonization commitments, and the availability of export infrastructure to these countries represent an additional support factor for Morocco, a source at the ministry told local media Le360.ma.
“Our country could also rely on the Maghreb-Europe gas pipeline and its ports well connected to the Atlantic and the Mediterranean to set up the logistics for exporting its “Power to X” products, especially hydrogen, to Europe,” the source added.