Ahead of Africa Oil Week (AOW) 2022 (www.Africa-OilWeek.com), Gold Sponsor SNPC shares its thoughts on natural hydrogen exploration and development in the Congo Project Assessing Hydrogen Sequestration Potential CO2 in the Congolese coastal basin Context of the Project: Fight against greenhouse gases from hydrocarbon production / promotion and valorization of renewable energies PARTNER: PGS OBJECTIVES: Decarbonization of oil production activity in the Republic of Congo With exploiting the current oil exploration/production database, highlighting the potential for CO2 sequestration in the Republic of the Congo.
This project initially consists of enhancing the value of geological deposits capable of storing CO2 to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from hydrocarbon production and to support the establishment of the blue hydrogen sector in the Republic of Congo.
The current growth of the world population requires the intensification of research on energy resources, but this must be in perfect harmony with the related recommendations in terms of sustainable development.
The Société Nationale des Pétroles du Congo is carrying out an inventory of the databases of potential energy resources found in the Congolese subsoil in order to implement a national strategy that will allow the Republic to deal with the problem of energy transition with dignity.
Among the energy resources inventoried to date, hydrogen occupies a prominent place, which, depending on its energy potential, will play a very decisive role in the energy transition.
The benefits of this include: Energy independence (electricity production and mobility) Food self-sufficiency thanks to the local integration of an ammonia and methanol (H2->NH3->UREA) fertilization chain for the development of agriculture Chain attractiveness of value thanks to an energy cost ($0.5/kg); Valuation of carbon credits.
No environmental impact Development of jobs and specialized training in the field of natural hydrogen Fortunately, the joint studies carried out by the SNPC and its partners have revealed the existence of favorable geological conditions for the genesis of natural hydrogen in the inner basin of the Congolese Cuvette.
These studies were strongly supported by the new high-resolution airborne geophysical acquisition of gravimetry, gradiogravimetry and magnetometry in an organized Multiclient modality, financed by the SNPC carried out since 2020 by CGG/Xcalibur and reinforced by the presence of surface manifestations commonly called “circles of fairies” like those found in Brazil and Russia where we noticed the presence of active dihydrogen systems.
These exciting observations led to two important actions, namely: The establishment of natural hydrogen exploration permits in the Congolese Cuvette Interior Basin, for which a permit is being granted; The implementation of a vast program by the end of 2022 to install natural hydrogen vapor geochemical sampling and measurement sensors in the Mboloko, Koba and Mbesse permits.
The implementation of this preliminary study for the acquisition of field data, with an estimation of the hydrogen content in the soils of the identified areas, will confirm the existence of hydrogen systems and evaluate the natural hydrogen potential of CONGO.
This campaign to install sensors and geochemical samples aims to arouse more enthusiasm among companies to attract investment through the organization of a bidding round scheduled for the granting of licenses in 2023.
The creation of this new Hydrogen sector in the Republic of Congo will certainly support the efforts of the government and the SNPC in terms of sustainable development and job creation, because hydrogen is positioned as a safe, clean and affordable energy to decarbonize all sectors of the global economy.