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    Sumitomo Plans Hydrogen Project in Oman


Sumitomo and ARA Petroleum plan to produce hydrogen in Oman utilising associated gas extracted as a by-product of oil production.

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Sumitomo Plans Hydrogen Project in Oman

Japan’s Sumitomo Corp and Oman’s ARA Petroleum have launched a hydrogen hybrid project feasibility study in the Middle East nation, the Japanese company said on January 22. 

Sumitomo said that hydrogen can be produced utilising associated gas extracted as a by-product of  oil production. The project aims to establish a hydrogen supply chain based on the local production and consumption model at one of ARA's upstream sites, with a target to start operations in 2023, Sumitomo added. 

The project aims to produce about 300-400 metric tons/year of hydrogen from associated flare gas generated at the site which will be used to power fuel-cell vehicles that ARA plans to introduce at the site. Also, the captured CO2 will be used in local industries.  The two companies had signed an MoU in March last year. 

In addition, 20-MW solar power generation panels will be installed and used as a power source for the site and hydrogen production facilities, Sumitomo said.