Government Chief Issues Decision on Implementing ‘Morocco Offer’ for Development of Green Hydrogen Sector

11 March 2024
Government Chief Issues Decision on Implementing ‘Morocco Offer’ for Development of Green Hydrogen Sector

In line with High Royal Directives, Morocco’s Head of Government Aziz Akhannouch issued a decision on Monday outlining the implementation of the “Morocco Offer” for the development of the green hydrogen sector.

This operational and incentive-driven offer covers the entire value chain of the green hydrogen industry. It is designed to meet the needs of investors and position the Kingdom as a competitive player in this emerging and promising field, according to a statement from the Department of the Head of Government.

This decision aligns with the Royal Guidelines expressed during a working session chaired by HM King Mohammed VI on November 22, 2022, and the High Instructions of the Sovereign, outlined in the Throne Speech on July 29, 2023. In that speech, His Majesty urged the government to swiftly and effectively implement the “Morocco Offer” in the green hydrogen sector, aiming to leverage the country’s strengths and respond effectively to projects initiated by global investors in this promising sector.

HM the King’s insightful vision allows our country to enjoy a prominent position continentally and globally in the field of developing renewable energies, through investing in the Kingdom’s leading position, its rich and diverse natural resources, its strategic geographic location, its world-class infrastructure and its well-trained human capital. This will enable Morocco to play a major role in the field of energy transition globally, and reshape the resulting flows.

This Decision, issued by the Head of Government, outlines the stages of the implementation process of “Morocco Offer”, the means mobilized by the State to ensure its successful implementation, and defines the roles of the various stakeholders. This offer is based on a comprehensive, practical and transparent approach that gives investors a clear vision.

It consists of six parts, namely the scope of application of “Morocco Offer,” the mobilizing land to its implementation, the necessary infrastructure to develop the green hydrogen sector, the incentive measures in “Morocco Offer,” the process of selecting investors and concluding contracts with the State, and the green hydrogen sector governance.

In the midst of this transformation, green hydrogen is expected to be a key energy vector and one of the main drivers of the energy transition and sustainable growth in the Kingdom, under the wise leadership of His Majesty the King. This emerging sector will also be a turning point for Morocco’s economy in light of economic, social, environmental and technological challenges.

In this context, “Morocco Offer” applies to integrated projects ranging from the generation of electricity from renewable energies and electrolysis, to the conversion of green hydrogen, ammonia, methanol and synthetic fuels, as well as related logistics.

“Morocco Offer” aims to attract investors or investor groups interested in producing green hydrogen and its derivatives, whether for the domestic market, export or both. The strong and active interest expressed by nearly 100 national and international investors in generating green hydrogen in Morocco confirms our country’s great potential in this field.

In view of the importance of land in developing the hydrogen sector, the State has identified one-million-hectare public land. During the first stage, 300,000 hectares will be provided to investors, in the form of plots of land ranging from 10,000 to 30,000 hectares, according to the size of the expected projects. The State will make sure, within a contractual framework, to protect and ensure the proper use of public land.

“Morocco Offer” is also based on a competitive infrastructure that is planned, deployed, developed and maintained according to the best international standards and the needs of the green hydrogen industry, as well as incentives and support measures for project holders.

It is worth noting that in order to ensure the successful implementation of “Morocco Offer”, the framework investment agreements between the State and the investor include clauses on the frequency of meetings in order to regularly assess the progress made in the implementation of the projects, in a relationship characterized by full transparency and commitment to confidentiality between the State and the investor.

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