Tunisia’s National Green Hydrogen Strategy

On October 4, 2023, the Ministry of Industry, Mines and Energy (“MIME”), of Tunisia organized a dialogue on Tunisia’s National Green Hydrogen Strategy in which representatives from the public sector, the private sector, civil society and academics were present to be part of the dialogue.

Tunisia, with its abundant solar potential and strategic location, is well positioned to play a leading role in green hydrogen for domestic consumption and export. It is currently working on the development of the national strategy to seize the opportunity for economic and industrial development that can reduce imports of oil and its derived products, thus improving the trade balance and promoting job creation. The National Green Hydrogen Strategy states that Tunisia aims to produce 8.3 million tonnes of green hydrogen by 2050 of which 6 million tonnes are for export.

Following the workshop, the MIME will continue to work closely with all stakeholders to consolidate the ideas and recommendations before the release of the National Green Hydrogen Strategy.

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The European Union and Tunisia: political agreement on a comprehensive partnership package including green energy transition

On 16th of July, the President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen, the Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni and the Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, in a Team Europe spirit, alongside the President of Tunisia, Kaïs Saied have agreed to implement the comprehensive partnership package announced jointly on 11th June 2023. And they witnessed the signature of the Memorandum of Understanding by Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Olivér Várhelyi and Secretary of State of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Migration and Tunisians Abroad, Mounir Ben Rjiba.

In a press statement by president of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen, talking about the fourth point of the signed MOU:

“… This brings me to my fourth point. Tunisia has a huge potential for renewables. This is well known. It needs to develop this sector. And we are reliable suppliers of technology that is necessary, and we know that Europe needs reliable supply of clean energy. So, as we are decarbonising our economies, and for that, we need clean energy sources – like for example green hydrogen – and electricity produced from renewables. So, it is a win-win situation. It is in both our shared interest. We are already working on several projects, like ELMED, the undersea cable linking Tunisia to Italy, bringing electricity to Europe. Here, we are investing over EUR 300 million in this project. And this is just the beginning. We will conclude with Tunisia a strategic partnership on energy to accelerate the energy transition and create good jobs locally. The aim is to improve security of supply and to provide both our people and our companies clean energy at affordable prices….”


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Malta and Tunisia have room for further relations, including in energy sector, Maltese Prime Minister

In a meeting held in Tunisia on 10th of July 2023, the Maltese Prime Minister Robert Abela met with President of Tunisia Kais Saied and the Prime Minister of Tunisia Najla Bouden at the President Palace of Carthage. Prime Minister Robert Abela was accompanied by Foreign Minister Ian Borg and Home Minister Byron Camilleri.

Abela pointed out how Malta is looking to continue improving relations and cooperation with Tunisia, as both countries have common commitments and aspirations for a stable Mediterranean region. And he says future cooperation on renewable energy will benefit the residents of both countries, and Tunisia is a crucial partner in the development of such projects.

The leaders also discussed ongoing talks between the EU and Tunisia on a comprehensive partnership package focused on strengthening economic and trade ties, an energy partnership, migration and people-to-people contacts.


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Malta’s strategic position in the Mediterranean can become pivotal to enable a corridor of renewable energy from North Africa to the European continent.

TuNur is pleased to see Malta’s ambitions for Malta and the Mediterranean to become an energy hub by enhancing cooperation with North African countries through new energy infrastructure and cross border trade, as stated by Dr Miriam Dalli, Minister for Environment, Energy and Enterprise during her article in the Times of Malta, ahead of the EU MED-9 Summit, currently being held in Malta.

“Malta’s strategic position in the Mediterranean can become pivotal to enable a corridor of renewable energy to the European continent, transforming Malta from an energy taker to a bridge of renewable energy generated offshore and in the neighbouring non-EU Mediterranean countries to the European continent.

In this sense, Malta can foster collaboration between the Mediterranean countries to enable our region to become a centre for environmentally sustainable energy facilitating the deployment of offshore renewable energy solutions and integration of green energy generated in North Africa to the entire European Union.

In our vision, Malta can become a catalyst to enable a concentration of green energy solutions in the area. With the installation of more subsea interconnections between the North African region and mainland EU, a robust link can be created along the Mediterranean corridor to enable more renewables.”

TuNur has long believed in the opportunities such cooperation can create for both sides of the Mediterranean and continues to advance its concrete projects in the region to deliver sustainable, reliable green energy to both Tunisia and Europe, providing access to new sources of clean energy, creating jobs, and facilitating new investments in region.

Please find here the full article written by the Minister in the Times of Malta:


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Nine European countries agree to work toward making the Mediterranean region into renewable energy hub and enhance collaboration with countries in North Africa

During the EU MED-9 Summit being held in Malta, Malta and eight other European countries agreed on Thursday to work toward turning the region into a hub for renewable energy.

Malta, Croatia, Cyprus, France, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Slovenia and Spain signed a joint statement at the end of their EU Med9 meeting in Valletta, in the presence of European Commissioner for Energy Kadri Simson.

Through the declaration, they confirmed their commitment “to ensure continuous efforts to improve energy security, energy affordability and to accelerate the transition towards renewable energy.”

Energy Minister Miriam Dalli told a concluding press conference that the vision was to replicate in the Mediterranean the success already achieved in the North Sea when it comes to offshore renewable energy deployment.

They also agreed to invite the EU Commission to explore options for reinforced funding for interconnections between EU and non-EU Mediterranean countries.

Answering questions, Dalli said that having the European Union collaborate with North African countries on energy renewables could be a catalyst in helping maintain stability and peace in the region.

She urged the commission to help accelerate close cooperation among member states and to facilitate the development of new partnerships with other regions. “Cooperation with North Africa will play a vital role in accelerating the deployment of renewables in the EU,” she said.

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Energy ministries of Italy, Germany, and Austria sign letter of support for SoutH2 Corridor

The ministries for Energy of Italy, Austria and Germany  have signed a joint letter of political support for the development of a “southern hydrogen corridor” in the European Union and for the respective infrastructure projects to obtain the status of Project of Common Interest (PCI).

Snam, Italy’s gas infrastructure operator, Trans Austria Gasleitung (TAG) and Gas Connect Austria (GCA) in Austria and bayernets in Germany have formed a partnership to develop the SoutH2 Corridor, a hydrogen-ready pipeline corridor connecting North Africa to central Europe and enabling renewable hydrogen produced in the Southern Mediterranean to reach European consumers.

The southern hydrogen corridor (also called “SoutH2 Corridor”) is a 3.300 km dedicated hydrogen-ready pipeline corridor part of the European Hydrogen Backbone. Its development will guarantee security of supply and is crucial for the creation of an interconnected and diversified hydrogen backbone. Furthermore, with a hydrogen import capacity of more than 4 Mtpa (Million tonnes per annum) from North Africa, the corridor could deliver 40% of the REPowerEU import target.

The SoutH2 Corridor is expected to be fully operational as early as 2030.


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The prime minister supervised a ministerial council to consider the energy sector strategy on the horizon of 2035

The Prime Minister Mrs. Najla Bouden presided on March 22nd, 2023, at the government palace, a ministerial council to consider the energy sector strategy on the horizon of the year 2035.

This strategy, which was formulated within the framework of a participatory approach between all the involved parties, aims to ensure the supply of safe energy for all and to develop practical measures that will enable the achievement of the goals set in the energy mix, especially the production of electricity from renewable energies, in addition to achieving carbon neutrality for the National economy by 2050.

The Tunisian energy strategy on the horizon of the year 2035 also took into account the commitments of the Tunisian state in the medium and long term, in line with the Paris Agreement on climate change, and is based on a vision that combines energy, climate, economy and society.

During this session, special programs related to energy efficiency and sobriety were discussed by reviewing the regulatory framework for energy efficiency and the interventions of the Energy Transition Fund, in addition to presenting a roadmap for developing the production of green hydrogen and its derivatives in Tunisia.



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Strengthening partnership with the European Union in various fields related to industry, energy, and renewable energies

The Minister of Industry, Mines and Energy, Mrs. Neila Nouira Gonji, received the Director of Neighbourhood and Enlargement Policy of the European Commission, Mr. Gerl Jan Koopman, who was on a working visit to Tunisia accompanying with a high-level delegation, on Tuesday evening, March 21st, at the Ministry’s headquarters.

The meeting, which was attended by the Ambassador of the European Union to Tunisia, Mr. Marcos Cornaro, was an opportunity to discuss ways of cooperation and partnership with the European Union, especially in the sectors of electricity transmission, energy and renewable energies. The level of progress in the completion of the electrical interconnection project between Tunisia and Italy “ELMED” was also discussed.

The minister noted the strength of Tunisian-European relations, rooted for decades, and the role of the union in supporting the national economy, stressing the availability of capabilities, competencies and specialized manpower, as well as the technological and energy infrastructure necessary to establish major projects in our country, especially in the fields of electricity transmission and the production of renewable energies.

She reviewed the national program for the promotion of renewable energies aimed at producing 35% of electricity from renewable energies by the year 2030, noting the launch of tenders related to the production of 1,700 MW of electricity from solar photovoltaic energy within the framework of the concession regime.

It has also been reported that studies have been launched to achieve a centre of excellence in renewable energies in the field of training and research in southern Tunisia, with the aim of training executives at the national and African levels and accompanying energy transition projects.

For his end, Mr. Gerl Jan Koopman affirmed that the partnership with Tunisia is profitable for both parties. He also expressed the European Union’s readiness to develop bilateral cooperation in the field of green hydrogen and to support and train the specialized workforce of engineers and executives in various specializations under the Ministry’s consideration.


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Tunisia’s National Green hydrogen roadmap to be ready by mid-March 2023, according to the German Development Agency « GIZ »

According to the article released by www.zawya.com on 24/02/2023, the Tunisia’s National roadmap on green hydrogen, which will present Tunisia’s strategic guidelines in this field, should be ready by mid-March 2023, said project coordinator at the German Cooperation in Tunisia (GIZ) Dorra Chida.

Once this roadmap is defined, the national strategy on green hydrogen will be drawn up with a clear action plan in relation to the activities planned to achieve the objectives.

The national strategy is part of the project «Green hydrogen for sustainable growth and a low-carbon economy in Tunisia” (H2Vert.TUN) launched in February 2022, and which will stretch until January 2025.

It is a €6 million partnership between the German cooperation in Tunisia and the Ministry of Industry, Mines and Energy. This project targets three aspects: 1. National strategy for hydrogen (i.e. target capacities, focus sectors and roadmap) 2. Green H2 economy (i.e. electrolysers and parts manufacturing…) 3. Developing research, training, and innovation in the green hydrogen field.

Chida also revealed that the steering committee, created within the framework of this project to monitor all the activities related to green hydrogen in Tunisia, has already identified the sectors of activities that could encourage investors to develop projects in the country.

The committee has already carried out feasibility studies and identified sites with economic potential for production, while meeting the requirements related to the environmental and social aspects. They are also working on the creation of an observatory, or a monitoring structure, because hydrogen is a new growth niche, particularly in terms of the development of new technologies, as per Chida.

This monitoring structure will present to the government and Tunisians all novelties related to green hydrogen and will share information on Tunisia’s achievements in this field.

Tunisia already has a regulatory framework governing renewable energy, which should be adapted to the green hydrogen sector because it’s important to have a clear legal and investment framework.

Consultations on the green hydrogen sector will continue with several states, particularly with Chile, one of the leading countries in this field and discussions with the European Union to identify funding will be soon started.


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Italy to use EU funds to become energy hub for Europe

Italy intends to use funds coming from the European Union under the so-called REPowerEU plan to completely wean itself off Russian gas and turn the country into energy hub for the bloc as per The Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni who met with relevant ministers and the CEOs of energy groups Eni (ENI.MI), Enel (ENEI.MI), Snam (SRG.MI) and Terna (TRN.MI) to mention the need to cooperate with Africa on energy supplies.

With total funds close to 300 billion euros, the REPowerEU plan is aimed at ending the EU’s dependence on Russian fossil fuels and tackling the climate crisis.

Money coming from the RePowerEU could also be devoted to build the so-called SoutH2 Corridor, a link to bring hydrogen that would be produced in northern Africa to northern Europe, one source with knowledge of the matter said.


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