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Hydrogen Oman (Hydrom) is gearing up to auction and award up to six blocks of land by the end of 2023 for development of up to 1 million tons/yr of green hydrogen capacity by the end of the decade. Under Phase A of Oman's hydrogen development plans, up to six blocks will be offered in two bid rounds, says Hydrom's acting managing director Firas al-Abduwani. In the first round, two blocks in the Duqm area of central eastern Oman will be awarded by the end of the first quarter of 2023, he says. Under an accelerated timeline, documents for companies seeking to qualify for the auction were released this month, with request for proposal documents following in December. Bids are due to be submitted in January. The second round — for another two to four blocks in the Dhofar region of southern Oman — will be launched in April of next year, with bids due in October and awards expected by the end of 2023. Oman hopes to attract $140 billion of investment for the development of a green hydrogen industry.

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