Algeria.. Assigning the Ministry of Energy to prepare a "hydrogen development strategy" - Energy

The Algerian government has assigned the Ministry of Energy and Mines to prepare a national hydrogen development strategy, according to Minister Mohamed Arkab’s statements today, Saturday, May 7th.

Arkab said, during his participation in the activities of the “26th edition of Energy Day”, which was titled “For an Energy Transition with Green Hydrogen”, that the government formed a joint ministerial committee from several sectors: energy, energy transition, higher education and scientific research, in addition to Start-ups, financial and conservative companies for renewable energies and energy efficiency, for the purpose of preparing the strategy.

The minister added that preliminary data reveal that Algeria has great potentials that qualify it to play a prominent regional role in the hydrogen field. Therefore, the idea of ​​the hydrogen development strategy came, according to a statement published by the ministry’s Facebook page.

Huge potential

Algeria’s Minister of Energy and Mines, Mohamed Arkab, said that his country has huge potentials that help it implement the hydrogen development strategy, as one of the energy transformation tools, represented in solar energy, extensive electricity transmission networks, and scientific research capabilities, in addition to large amounts of water reserves.

Algerian Minister of Energy and Mines Mohamed Arkab giving his speech – Photo from the ministry’s Facebook page (May 7, 2022)

It is reported that hydrogen is produced by electrolysis of water to separate hydrogen atoms from oxygen.

The minister added that Algeria also possesses elements that enhance its competitiveness to enter the hydrogen development sector, such as the availability of natural gas to produce blue hydrogen.

The minister said that the production of blue hydrogen is important in the short and medium term, in order for the country to be able to produce green hydrogen efficiently and economically.

Algeria has a strategic location, ports and facilities on the Mediterranean Sea to transport gas; Which helps to meet the local, regional and global demand for hydrogen.

legislative framework

Algeria’s Minister of Energy and Mines said that his country has all the ingredients to quickly integrate into the regional activity of hydrogen development, explaining that preparing a hydrogen development strategy requires preparing an appropriate legislative and regulatory framework, identifying priority sectors to rely on, creating trained and qualified human capital, advanced scientific research, and creating Financing alternatives through international cooperation.

The Minister concluded his speech by saying that hydrogen development is a strategic file for energy security in the country in the long run, and this discussion will contribute to exchanging views on its role in the energy transition and ways to add it to the national energy mix.

On February 24, the Algerian President, Abdelmadjid Tebboune, confirmed that his country can be a “key player” in the field of green hydrogen, and play a major role in the path of energy transformation in the coming years.

Hydrogen development strategy
Part of the audience – photo from the ministry’s Facebook page (May 7, 2022)

This came during the president’s speech, which he delivered on behalf of Prime Minister Ayman Ben Abdelrahman, at the ceremony marking the 66th anniversary of the founding of the General Union of Algerian Workers and the 51st anniversary of the nationalization of hydrocarbons.

Study with Germany

The Minister of Energy Transition and Renewable Energies in Algeria, Benatou Ziyan, had referred, in statements to “Energy”, early this year, to a study conducted by the country in cooperation with Germany to determine hydrogen production in Algeria, especially green; She emphasized that Algeria will play an important role in the production and export of this quality.

He explained that all studies, including the International Energy Agency or the International Renewable Energy Agency, indicate that Algeria will provide Europe with hydrogen, especially green.

On November 14, 2019, the Governorate of Renewable Energies and Energy Efficiency in Algeria was announced as an official body reporting to the Prime Minister, with the task of developing a strategy for renewable energy, supporting the establishment of conformity units and monitoring the quality of equipment.

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