Hydrogène de France (HDF Energy), a prominent developer of large-scale green hydrogen infrastructure and high-power fuel cell manufacturer, is set to co-develop the White Dunes project, a groundbreaking initiative focused on establishing a green hydrogen production plant in Morocco’s Dakhla region. The collaboration is facilitated by HDF Energy’s upcoming minority stake in the project, solidifying a robust partnership with Falcon Capital Dakhla, a leading Moroccan developer.
The White Dunes plant is strategically designed to produce highly competitive green hydrogen by employing electrolysis powered by solar and wind energy, a unique feature in the Dakhla region. As part of Morocco’s Green Hydrogen tender, the project could potentially achieve a capacity of 10 GW of wind energy, 7 GW of solar energy, and 8 GW of electrolysis. The initial phase, requiring an estimated investment of 20 billion Moroccan Dirhams, is currently in development.
HDF Energy and Falcon Capital Dakhla bring complementary expertise to the project. Falcon Capital Dakhla, known for its proficiency in the agriculture, energy, and water sectors, contributes in-depth knowledge of the local and regional market. Meanwhile, HDF Energy leverages its technical and financial prowess gained from developing major hydrogen infrastructures globally.
Already engaged in the Melhy project in Morocco with the Moroccan Storage Society (SOMAS), HDF Energy’s involvement in the White Dunes project further cements its position in the country and serves as a stepping stone for future strategic initiatives.
The collaborative effort is now seeking funds for the initial phase of the White Dunes project, aiming to accelerate its development. Construction is slated to commence in 2025, with hydrogen production scheduled for 2028.
Damien Havard, Chairman and CEO of HDF Energy, expressed optimism, stating, “The collaboration with Falcon Capital Dakhla represents the perfect synergy between two complementary entities to produce some of the world’s most competitive green hydrogen in Morocco. The White Dunes project will help shape a more sustainable future for Morocco and the world.”
Majid Slimani, Chairman and CEO of Falcon Capital Dakhla, highlighted the project’s dedication to green energy and commitment to a cleaner, brighter, and more sustainable future for Morocco, emphasizing the extensive feasibility study conducted over the past two years.