Oil Company to Develop Africa’s First Offshore Wind Project in Mauritania

The Government of Mauritania, Africa has signed an MoU with Chariot, an oil and gas company based in the country to develop a 10GW green hydrogen development called Project Nour

Adonis Pouroulis, CEO of Chariot. Credit: Chariot website

Adonis Pouroulis, CEO of Chariot. Credit: Chariot website

The Government of Mauritania, Africa has announced that they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Chariot, an oil and gas company based in the country to develop a 10GW green hydrogen development called Project Nour.

Project Nour has been given exclusivity over an onshore and offshore area totalling approximately 14,400 km2. Chariot, an oil and gas company based in Mauritania will deploy its in-house team which has a track record of successfully delivering large renewable projects in Africa to immediately commence work on assessing the wind and solar resources, environmental impact as well as macroeconomic and social impact studies.

Benefiting from Mauritania’s world class solar and wind resources, Project Nour has the potential to allow Mauritania to produce the cheapest green hydrogen in Africa and to become one of the world’s main producers and exporters of green hydrogen and its derivative products, close to potential large European markets.

These products have the potential to replace traditional fossil fuels in both power generation and chemical manufacturing processes, with a significant reduction in associated emissions of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide.

Minister Abdessalam Ould Mohamed Saleh of Mauritania’s Ministry of Petroleum, Mines & Energy, said: “Developing Mauritania’s green hydrogen industry promises to bring a combination of environmental, economic and social benefits to our country. We have the potential, and desire, to be a world leader in the field of hydrogen production from renewable energy sources.”

Adonis Pouroulis, CEO of Chariot, said: “I am very excited by today’s announcement of this agreement with the goal of quickly realising the potential of green hydrogen. This is a potential large new market, set to bring multiple benefits to all parties and deliver positive impact to Mauritania. We thank the Government of Mauritania for the opportunity to partner with them on what we believe will be one of Africa’s largest projects of its kind.”