Muscat: International visitors and delegates attending the 2nd Green Hydrogen Summit Oman (GHSO) conference and exhibition, due to take place in Muscat later this year can look forward to a carefully curated conference agenda that aligns perfectly with the broad objectives of Oman’s future green energy-focused economy.
GHSO 2022, which will be held at the Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre (OCEC) Muscat from December 5 – 7, 2022, continues to garner local and international interest in light of the Sultanate’s leading position as a potential frontrunner among green hydrogen producers.
The conference agenda, focusing on high-impact segments of the green hydrogen economy, is the product of two days of animated deliberations by members of the GHSO Technical Committee who gathered together recently amid the spectacular settings of Jabal Akhdar, one of Oman’s most popular tourist hotspots. The mountaintop conclave was made possible courtesy of generous funding support from United Finance, a leading non-banking financial institution in the Sultanate of Oman.
Taking part in the discussions were: Prof Dr Ing Michael Modigell, former rector of GUtech (Chairman), Dr Khalil Al Hanashi of Energy Renewal (PDO); Basil El Zein –Integration Manager, Shell; Olav Carlsen, CEO – Hydrogen Rise; Dr Rashid Al Abri - Head of Sustainable Renewable Energy Center SQU; Talal Al Wahaibi, Associate Professor at Engineering Department, Al Sharqiah university; Dr Ruth Prelicz, Geostrategic Advisor – AHK; Cédric Roux, Green Hydrogen Technical Manager – TotalEnergies; Eng Faiza Al Harthy, Energy Sector Head, Oman Vision 2040 Implementation &Follow-up Unit; and Nasser Al Rizeiqi, Hydrogen/New Energies Specialist – Ministry of Energy and Minerals.
As Oman’s signature platform for green hydrogen, this year’s edition of the GHSO Conference & Exhibition will focus primarily on the nation’s strategy to develop a world-class industry that, on the one hand, meets the energy requirements of the Sultanate’s future low-carbon economy, and on the other, serve as a major global supplier of the carbon-neutral fuel.
Accordingly, expert presentations spread over the two-day summit will offer high-level perspectives on, among other themes, Oman’s energy transition, underlying policies and regulatory frameworks, the vision of a green hydrogen hub in the Sultanate, current and future renewable/green hydrogen projects, ICV and localisation opportunities, technological developments and R&D prospects. For the first time, a session dedicated to student research in the green energy space will be one of the highlights of the summit.
Organised by Birba Energy in cooperation with the Ministry of Energy and Minerals, the forum has already received sponsorship support from a number of leading energy companies, developers and technology providers. Oman Society for Petroleum Services (Opal) and Asyad Group have signed up as strategic partners. Also backing the event are leading global organisations notably the International Energy Agency (IEA), Green Hydrogen Lab, Arab- German Chamber of Commerce and Industry, AKH German Industry and Commerce, and world hydrogen leaders.