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Belgian engineer aims to kickstart Morocco’s hydrogen industry

The skyline of Marrakech, Morocco. The joint venture aims to build an alkaline electrolyser factory, the first of its kind in Africa, and develop a local hydrogen supply chain (hichamaarkoubi/CC0 1.0)
Belgian engineer John Cockerill has signed a strategic agreement with a Moroccan energy company to develop the North African country’s hydrogen sector.

The joint venture aims to build an alkaline electrolyser factory, the first of its kind in Africa, and develop a local hydrogen supply chain.

John Cockerill said the venture will have large-scale manufacturing capabilities for 5MW alkaline electrolysers, which “will also enable the production of green hydrogen at the best price”.

“Just like the Kingdom’s great successes in the aerospace and automotive industries, we are determined to establish such a local ecosystem around hydrogen technologies together,” said Raphaël Tilot, executive chairman of John Cockerill Hydrogen.

John Cockerill is a 200-year-old company based in Seraing, southern Belgium. Its main focus is producing equipment used in steel-making. It has a turnover of €950m and 5,000 employees working in 23 countries.

The name of its Moroccan partner was not given.

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