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Africa-focused energy firm Chariot and French renewable energy specialist Total Eren have joined forces to develop the Nour green hydrogen project in Mauritania. The energy firms will launch feasibility studies for building a large-scale green hydrogen production plant with a maximum electrolyzer capacity of 10 GW.
The green hydrogen project is planned to be realized through a 50/50 partnership between Total Eren and Chariot. The consortium will co-lead on project development and permitting, local content, and stakeholder engagement, and also will seek to progress on the in-depth feasibility studies for the production of green hydrogen through electrolysis and its output’s potential off-take.
Fabienne Demol, Total Eren’s Executive Vice-President & Global Head of Business Development, said that green hydrogen is going to be significant. Along with Chariot, which holds a strong footprint in Africa, the company intends to share its expertise throughout the Nour project’s development.
Adonis Pouroulis, Chariot’s CEO, said about their partnership with Total Eren, “Having a partner of such caliber, who shares our vision and focus for the future, is a key part of developing this valuable asset and marks an important step forward in the project’s evolution.”
Through the Nour green hydrogen project, the consortium will contribute to sustainable economic development in Mauritania and provide baseload power to its power grid. It will be also helpful in providing a cost-effective & transportable energy solution to replace carbon-emitting fuels for exporting to Europe.
According to the co-developers, Mauritania’s abundant wind and solar resources have proved to be exceptionally well-placed” to implement power-to-x initiatives. Both firms may assess additional green hydrogen opportunities in other sub-Saharan African countries.