The "White Dunes" project led by the Moroccan company "Falcon Capital Dakhla" announced a strategic partnership with "HdF Energy", for the establishment of a green hydrogen production facility in the heart of the Dakhla region, with an initial investment estimated at USD 2 billion.
This project is in line with King Mohammed VI's visionary commitment to positioning Morocco as a global leader in green energy, said Falcon Capital Dakhla in a press release.
Embracing Morocco's 14-year experience in clean energy and fostering an innovation-friendly ecosystem, White Dunes aspires to be a pivotal player in the country's renewable energy sector, with the goal of commencing hydrogen production by 2030.
Aligned with the overarching goal of establishing Morocco as a major global player in green fuel production, the White Dunes project underscores the Kingdom's ambitious vision.
Majid Slimani, the founder and president of Falcon Capital Dakhla, underscored the significance of White Dunes in the context of Morocco's green hydrogen landscape, drawing inspiration from King Mohammed VI's enlightened perspective on renewable energy development.
"White Dunes embodies a commitment to the cause of green energy and a dedication to shaping a cleaner, brighter, and more sustainable future for Morocco. To bring this project to fruition, we have devoted nearly two full years to feasibility studies, preliminary project design, and phased planning across a projected area of 150,000 hectares,” explained Slimani.
He added that this design was achieved through the installation of a measurement mast and the implementation of preliminary environmental and social impact studies to identify sensitive areas of flora and fauna in the region.
White Dunes primarily aims to produce green hydrogen competitively on a global scale. Given the exceptional characteristics of the Dakhla region, the project aspires to achieve a capacity of 10 GW in wind energy, 7 GW in photovoltaic energy, and 8 GW in electrolyzers.
Through the White Dunes project, the Moroccan offering takes a significant step, both locally and internationally, paving the way for a sustainable energy future.
For the realization of this project, Falcon Capital Dakhla leverages the expertise of HDF Energy, a renowned player specialized in hydrogen infrastructure development and powerful fuel cell design. HDF Energy also acts as a co-developer of the project, fortifying ‘White Dunes’ position in its pursuit of high-quality green hydrogen production.
The partnership between Falcon Capital Dakhla and HDF Energy is grounded in complementary skills, as highlighted by Damien Havard, CEO of HDF Energy: "The collaboration with Falcon Capital Dakhla represents the perfect synergy between two complementary entities, enabling the production of some of the world's most competitive green hydrogen in Morocco."
White Dunes aspires to become a symbol of sustainability and innovation. Anas Belmamoun, Managing Partner of Falcon Capital Dakhla, confirmed this intent, stating that "White Dunes transcends the scope of a mere energy project. It contributes to shaping the future of green energy in Morocco and internationally, especially as Dakhla stands out with average winds of 10 m/s at a height of 100 meters, positioning it among 'class I' sites for wind energy production."