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Green hydrogen gas turbine plant for Morocco

  • 20 days ago (2024-02-05)
  • David Flin
Africa 298 Gas 354 Hydrogen 50

GE Vernova ’s Gas Power business, Morocco’s National Office of Electricity and Drinking Water (ONEE), and Nareva , a Moroccan company specialised in the development and operation of IPPs, have signed an MOU to collaborate on a feasibility study to use green hydrogen to decarbonise ONEE’s Laâyoune Power Plant, which is powered by three GE Vernova 6B gas turbines. The facility is expected to be the first in Africa to use green hydrogen to power GE’s 6B gas turbines.

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The study is expected to take two years to complete.

The 99 MW Laâyoune Power Plant is currently powered by heavy fuel oil. The study will look at ways to convert the three turbines to 100 per cent hydrogen.

Joseph Anis, President and CEO of GE Vernova’s Gas Power business in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, said: “Rapid renewable energy growth presents system operators and energy providers with the increasingly difficult task of continuously ensuring grid stability. Highly flexible gas turbines can complement variable renewable energy and help stabilise the grid with reliable power supply.”