Global CCS Institute completes Middle East establishment as EIC UAE Re-Connect 2022 highlights UAE blue hydrogen powerhouse ambitions

May has certainly come in like a lion, and it was great to catch up with USA clients and connections at OTC 2022 in Houston and to contribute to the Energy Transition Zone (ETZ) peer-to-peer Middle East event in Aberdeen. OTC has clearly re-emerged with a strong energy transition programme and, wearing my GlobalScot hat, let’s hope, like ADIPEC 2022, we will see the return of an official Scottish presence in 2023.

Meantime, HFI Net Zero Solutions Legal Solutions is delighted to have completed our mandate for  the establishment of Global CCS Institute’s new Middle East branch at MASDAR City Free Zone in Abu Dhabi. The recent appointment of Mohamed Abu Zahra as Head of MENA Region marks a major milestone, following on the appointment of new CEO, Jarad Daniel, last October, and the first Middle East members’ meeting takes place on 2 June. We wish Jarad, Mohamed and the team all the best for the Middle East initiative.

The Institute’s arrival comes as the UAE declares its ambition to be a blue hydrogen powerhouse by 2030, a keynote at today’s EIC UAE Re-Connect 2022 event, and we hope this will the first of many projects involving our MASDAR Plus+ Corporate and Compliance Solutions.