The Global CCS Institute to Support Oman’s Work Programme to Scale up CCS Climate Technology
5th December 2023
Dubai, United Arab Emirates – In an effort to reduce emissions and drive industrial decarbonisation in Oman, the Government of Oman’s Ministry of Energy and Minerals (MEM) launched its CCUS and Blue Hydrogen Framework of which Petroleum Development of Oman (PDO) is a pivotal member. PDO, fulfilling its obligations, has partnered with the Global CCS Institute to support the development of a policy, legal and regulatory guidance that will support the deployment of carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology in the country.
As part of a CCS Work Programme, the Global CCS Institute – a leading international think tank with a commitment to support the deployment of carbon capture and storage – will lend its expertise to develop policy and regulatory guidance tied to CO2 capture and storage opportunities. Announced at COP 28 in Dubai, UAE, the Work Programme aims to make way for the development of CCS demonstration efforts and commercial-scale CCS projects in Oman.
“Last year, the Government of Oman announced that the country would reach net zero by 2050”, said Dr. Firas Al Abduwani, Director General of renewable energy and hydrogen at MEM. “To achieve this target, we are keen to develop the right policy frameworks and tools needed to deploy key emission reduction solutions, including carbon capture and storage. By working with experts at the forefront of CCS, this Work Programme will allow us to do just that”, added Dr. Firas Al Abduwani.
Today, there are over 390 carbon capture and storage facilities in various stages of development around the world. Although that number is on the rise, CCS projects will need to increase by 100-fold for international climate targets to be reached by 2050.
“The Institute is committed to providing the insights needed to ensure countries with carbon intensive industries have the capability to decarbonise though CCS, and Oman is no exception”, said Mr Jarad Daniels, CEO of the Global CCS Institute. “The initiative taken by the Ministry of Energy and Minerals, alongside the team at PDO, is incredibly promising. We look forward to being part of this Work Programme and seeing CCS being built into Oman’s climate action plans”, added Mr Daniels.
The Work Programme will engage local stakeholders through regular meetings and workshops as production of the guidance document gets underway. The Work Programme is set to conclude in June 2024.
Pictured from left to right: Jarad Daniels, CEO of the Global CCS Institute, Firas Al Abduwani, Director General of Renewable Energy and Hydrogen at Oman’s Ministry of Energy and Minerals, Steve Phimister, Managing Director of Petroleum Development Oman
The Ministry of Energy and Minerals (MEM) is the governmental body in the Sultanate of Oman responsible for developing and implementing the government policy for developing the oil, gas, alternative energy and minerals resources in Oman. For more information, visit www.mem.gov.om
Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) is the leading exploration and production company in the Sultanate of Oman. We deliver the majority of the country’s crude oil production and natural gas supply, but above all we focus on delivering excellence, growth and sustainable value creation within and well beyond our industry. Gas fields and processing plants are operated by PDO exclusively on behalf of the Government. For more information, visit www.pdo.co.om
The Global CCS Institute is an international think tank whose mission is to accelerate the deployment of carbon capture and storage (CCS), a vital technology to tackle climate change and deliver climate neutrality. Alongside its Members, the Institute drives the adoption of CCS as quickly and cost effectively as possible by sharing expertise, building capacity and providing advice and support so that this vital technology can play its part in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. For more information, visit www.globalccsinstitute.com.
Ruth Gebremedhin | Global CCS Institute