Indian solar developer Acme Group has signed the land agreement to set up a $3.5-billion, renewables-powered green hydrogen and green ammonia facility in Oman. The integrated plant, said to be one of the world’s largest green ammonia projects, will come up in the Special Economic Zone at Port of Duqm. The land agreement was signed with The Public Authority for Special Economic Zones and Free Zones, a Government authority of Oman.
The integrated Oman facility will be powered by 3 GWp of solar and 0.5 GWp of wind energy to produce 2,400 tonnes of green ammonia daily and approx. 0.9 million tons annually.
The facility is expected to become operational by 2022. When operational, it will export green ammonia to demand centers like Europe and Asia.
The Oman facility would be Acme’s second such project after green hydrogen and green ammonia plant in the Bikaner district of the Indian State of Rajasthan. Green hydrogen at the Bikaner plant will be produced using 5 MWp from a solar plant scalable to 10 MW, which is an integral part of the project. The green ammonia plant, once commissioned, will produce 5 tons per day of green ammonia with an annual output of 1,750-1,800 tons of green fuel.
Acme plans to start the construction of the Oman plant soon after commissioning its first green hydrogen and green ammonia plant at Bikaner, said Manoj K Upadhyay, founder and chairman, Acme Group.
“The signing of land reservation agreement will allow us to kick start pre-construction activities. We have hired environmental consultants and owner’s engineers Black & Veatch…. The plant in Oman would be developed in phases and the first phase is likely to be commissioned by end of 2022,” Upadhyay added.
Acme Group has built a solar portfolio of 6 GWp in India. Of this, the Company currently holds a portfolio of 5.25 GWp that includes 2.2 GWp of operational capacity and another 3.05 GWp under construction. These projects are spread across 12 states in India.
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