Oman LNG on 11 March signed an MoU with Japan’s Hitachi Zosen to research the production of e-methane at Oman LNG’s 11.4mn t/y facilities in Sur (MEES, 9 February). According to the plan, carbon emitted at the LNG plant will be captured and combined with hydrogen to create 1,200m3/hour (just over 1mn cfd) of e-methane.

Japan is pursuing e-methane as a possible transitional fuel to “decarbonize” its energy sector primarily because it can be fed directly into existing gas infrastructure, unlike hydrogen. The proposed project in Oman also benefits from Japan economy ministry’s subsidies earmarked for overseas projects in hydrocarbon-rich countries “to secure oil and natural gas rights and stable supply.” (CONTINUED - 114 WORDS)