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Chariot and Total Eren to work on green hydrogen project in Mauritania

Africa-focused energy company Chariot and Paris-based Total Eren will launch feasibility studies to co-develop the Nour Project, a large-scale green hydrogen project in Mauritania.

Chariot and Total Eren to work on green hydrogen project in Mauritania
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The two companies formed a consortium for this purpose; an equally owned partnership between Chariot and Total Eren. According to the companies, the consortium will benefit from the dedicated expertise of Total Eren’s teams, holding a wide range of experience and knowledge in solar, wind, hybrid, and green hydrogen projects globally. Chariot will co-lead on project development and permitting, local content, and stakeholder engagement;

The consortium will seek to progress on the in-depth feasibility study and offtake for the green hydrogen. Chariot and Total Eren may evaluate further green hydrogen opportunities together in other African countries.

Thanks to its solar and wind resources, Mauritania has proved to be well-placed to implement power-to-X solutions, providing Nour Project the possibility to produce competitive green hydrogen. With a potential reaching up to 10 gigawatts (GW) of electrolysis to be installed, it could become, once fully implemented, one of the most significant green hydrogen projects in Africa.

Through the Nour Project, the consortium will contribute to sustainable economic development in Mauritania. It will also be providing a cost-effective, transportable energy solution to replace CO2-emitting fuels for exportation to the European market.  

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Fabienne Demol, executive vice-president & global head of Business Development of Total Eren, stated:  “We believe that green hydrogen is going to be an essential part of the energy mix in the future, and we are delighted to enter into this new partnership on a continent where our strategic shareholder, TotalEnergies, holds a strong footprint.”

Adonis Pouroulis, Chariot’s CEO added: “We look forward to working together on this highly important green hydrogen development in Mauritania. Having a partner of such calibre, who shares our vision and focus for the future, is a key part of developing this valuable asset and marks an important step forward in Project Nour’s evolution. We are keen to continue to expand our green hydrogen project portfolio and, as with our renewables business, we look forward to collaborating on further opportunities alongside Total Eren in the future.”