London — Mayer Brown advised the Government of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, on the signing of two framework agreements for the AMAN project and the NOUR project.

The AMAN project is a prospective 30GW integrated green hydrogen and ammonia production project based on renewable energy production for export using hydrogen produced by electrolysis of desalinated water. The NOUR project is a similar project on a smaller scale.

By completing the framework agreements, the parties have deepened the commitment to developing two of the most ambitious clean energy projects in Africa, in keeping with the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed in Nouakchott last year. The new framework agreements set out details for the development phases of the project, including project design and principles of collaboration to guide the realization of the projects.

The projects are designed to unlock a number of local opportunities deriving from the sustainable generation of large-scale renewable energy and help drive access to clean energy, clean water resources and the development of new green industries locally and for export.

Mauritania has some of the best wind power density in the world off its north coast, coupled with a high solar radiation potential due to its proximity to the Sahara Desert, facilitating the potential to produce the cheapest and cleanest hydrogen in Africa, which, in conjunction with its proximity to European markets, could position it as a world-class exporter of green hydrogen.

The Mayer Brown team is led by Energy & Infrastructure partner Olivier Mélédo (Paris) and includes partners Nick Kouvaritakis, Sean Prior (both Singapore) and Kirsti Massie (London).