BP signed a memorandum of understanding with the Mauritanian government on November 8, 2022, under which it will implement an innovative program exploring the potential for large-scale production of green hydrogen in the country. Building on BP’s existing strong relationship with the country, the deal could be an important step towards the development of significant green hydrogen production in Mauritania.
The MoU was signed today at a side meeting at COP27, by Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Cheikh El Ghazouani, Abdessalam Ould Mohamed Saleh, Minister of Petroleum, Mines and Energy of the Government Mauritanian, BP Managing Director Bernard Looney, BP Executive Vice President of Gas and Low Carbon Power, Anja-Isabel Dotzenrath, BP Executive Vice President of Generation and Operations Gordon Birrell and BP’s senior vice president for Mauritania and Senegal, Emil Ismayilov.
As part of this agreement, BP will carry out a number of studies to assess the technical and commercial feasibility of producing green hydrogen in Mauritania. Green hydrogen is produced by the electrolysis of water, powered by renewable energies.
BP will initially conduct a data collection campaign with studies assessing the suitability of wind and solar resources in selected locations for large-scale renewable energy generation and green hydrogen production.
Anja-Isabel Dotzenrath, Executive Vice President of Gas and Low Carbon Power at BP, said: “We are already developing one of the most innovative gas projects in the world with the support of the Mauritanian government. And we now intend to extend our partnership to low-carbon energies by exploring the potential for world-class green hydrogen development, which could position Mauritania at the forefront of the energy transition. Together with the Mauritanian government, we will now work to understand how green hydrogen could best be supplied, applying our technical skills and expertise to help unlock the country’s clean energy potential.
BP and Mauritania already have a long-standing relationship. BP and its partners, including the Mauritanian Hydrocarbons Company (SMH) of Mauritania, are currently working to complete Phase 1 of the Greater Tortue Ahmeyim (GTA) liquefied natural gas project. The development of this innovative offshore project on the border of Mauritania and Senegal was approved in 2018. It is expected to produce approximately 2.3 million tonnes of LNG per year, with sufficient resources to support production for more than 20 years. .
Earlier this year, BP also announced the signing of an exploration and production sharing contract for the BirAllah gas resource in Mauritania.
Hydrogen is one of the five growth drivers of BP’s energy transition. Globally, BP is working on a large and growing portfolio of options for the development of green and blue hydrogen projects in favored markets around the world, including developments in the UK, the Netherlands , in Germany, Spain, the Middle East, the United States and Australia. The group recently acquired a 40.5% stake and operation of the Asian Renewable Energy Hub (AREH), which has the potential to be one of the largest renewable energy and green hydrogen hubs in the world.