While its neighbors are investing heavily in the emerging technologies of blue and green hydrogen (MEES, 28 May), Bahrain is adopting a more watchful approach. Oil Minister Sheikh Muhammad Al Khalifa said this week that “whether it [hydrogen] will be successful in becoming an energy fuel or not remains to be seen. And we will continue watching that space and take advantage of it accordingly.”

The minister’s assessment of ammonia – hydrogen can be converted into ammonia for easier transportation – was refreshing in acknowledging the challenges of turning it into a viable fuel “although it doesn’t have carbon and avoids the carbon emissions, it is ultimately a toxic gas.” (CONTINUED - 144 WORDS)