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Green hydrogen potential in Tunisia
Green Hydrogen is produced using renewable electricity to power electrolysers that split water into its basic component’s hydrogen and oxygen. This green hydrogen (and its derivatives such as ammonia and methanol) can serve as a versatile fuel to be utilized across various sectors, including transportation and industry (steel, chemicals, fertilizer), without releasing harmful carbon emissions. By adopting green hydrogen, we can significantly reduce our dependence on fossil fuels and mitigate the impact of climate change. Additionally, green hydrogen can be stored for extended periods, providing a stable and reliable energy solution.
Tunisia has significant potential for the large-scale deployment of renewable energy and green hydrogen projects to ensure its energy security and to stimulate industrial development thus contributing to job creation and economic growth. In turn, Europe has set extremely high targets for the importation of green hydrogen to achieve its decarbonization and energy security objectives and is forecasting to import 10m tonnes of green hydrogen by 2030. The Southern Central Corridor from Tunisia to Italy, Austria and Germany, has been identified as a priority import route. The “SoutH2 Corridor” is 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 Corridor is being promoted by the main European Transmission System Operators including Snam, Italy’s gas infrastructure operator, Trans Austria Gasleitung (TAG) and Gas Connect Austria (GCA) in Austria and bayernets in Germany.
Importing clean green Hydrogen from North Africa will enable European countries to benefit from the significantly better solar and wind conditions on the southern Mediterranean shores. This presents a large opportunity for Tunisia to be a major producer of green energy for its own needs and for export. The country can also become a green hydrogen supplier, generating revenue and export opportunities while also contributing to the development of a sustainable energy system.
TuNur has developed a long-term strategy to develop green hydrogen and it derivatives in Tunisia for local consumption and for export. The strategy relies on two pillars:
- Green Ammonia Production: Within this pillar, projects will be established to seamlessly integrate renewable energy plants, electrolyzers, and ammonia production units. The primary objective is to meet the present and future demands for ammonia in the local market as well as the international market. By combining renewable energy sources with efficient electrolysis processes and ammonia production, TuNur aims to satisfy the growing ammonia requirements in an environmentally sustainable manner.
- Green Hydrogen Production: The strategy leverages Tunisia’s existing infrastructure and strategic location between Tunisia and Europe. This enables the projects to capitalize on the existing infrastructure, facilitating the export of green hydrogen to European markets. By harnessing renewable energy sources, TuNur seeks to position itself as a reliable supplier of green hydrogen to meet the increasing demand in Europe and Tunisia.
Such projects will provide a blue print for large scale green hydrogen and ammonia projects in Tunisia, and will enable large expansion of new capacities for the local market and for export.
The projects are being co-developed and financed by TuNur in consortium with leading international companies covering the full value chain. The partners combine deep experience in project development, financing, construction, and operation in Tunisia and globally, across multiple technologies.