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Egypt Green a milestone for Africa

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Egypt is perfectly located to develop renewable energy projects like wind and solar farms. The electrolysers at Egypt Green will be powered by 260MW of solar and wind. Image credit: Egypt Green.

Egypt Green a milestone for Africa

Last week Fertiglobe commissioned Egypt Green, the first integrated green hydrogen plant in Africa Ain Sokhna, Egypt.

The project is a milestone event in Africa and represents a breakthrough for green hydrogen production in a strategically situated region.

Ain Sokhna is close to the Suez Canal Economic Zone with the possibility of using renewable electricity to develop an industrial hub near global shipping lanes.

The launch of the hydrogen facility comes as world leaders gather for the United Nations COP 27 Climate Change Conference in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, where they seek to accelerate global climate action through emissions reduction.

Green hydrogen, which is produced from water using renewable energy sources, has the potential to play a significant role in the decarbonisation of heavy industries and global shipping.

A showcase of implementation (Egypt Green a milestone for Africa)

When fully developed Egypt Green will consist of 100MW of electrolysers, powered by 260MW of solar and wind.

The facility will deliver close to 15,000 tons (t) of green hydrogen as feedstock for the production of about 90,000t of green ammonia per year in Fertiglobe’s existing ammonia plants.

Fertiglobe is in the process of finalising engineering and technology choices for the full-scale plant and the partners aim to reach a Final Investment Decision (FID) on the facility in 2023. They are currently testing the first and largest Polymer electrolyte membrane electrolyser in Africa for the first phase of the project.

In a polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) electrolyser, the electrolyte is a solid specialty plastic material. Water reacts at the anode to form oxygen and positively charged hydrogen ions (protons). The electrons flow through an external circuit and the hydrogen ions selectively move across the PEM to the cathode.

This project is a showcase of transitioning from pledges to implementation, delivering on Egypt’s promise to the world to create a regional hub for green energy and transforming the Suez Canal into a green corridor

The project, delivered in record time, shows what can be achieved when different parties collaborate around a shared ambition.

Seeking a realistic pathway (Egypt Green a milestone for Africa)

Fertiglobe is a strategic partnership between hydrogen producer OCI , the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), Scatec, engineering company Orascom Construction and The Sovereign Fund of Egypt.

Fertiglobe has a strong global network through its shareholders OCI N.V. and ADNOC and is an early mover in hydrogen and low-carbon ammonia. The hydrogen tie-ins for up to 100 MW of electrolysis have already been installed at Fertiglobe’s two existing ammonia plants in Ain Sokhna.

According to Dr Sultan Al Jaber, Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology, UAE Special Envoy for Climate Change and Chairman of Fertiglobe, the consortium will continue to leverage its knowledge and experience in hydrogen and ammonia. We aim to make low and zero carbon fuels more available, as the world seeks a realistic pathway to a decarbonised energy system,” he says.

Terje Pilskog CEO of Norwegian renewable power producer Scatec says that there is massive demand for green hydrogen. This demand is driven by strong policy support globally, and Africa is perfectly positioned to take advantage of its low-cost renewables and strategic position,” says Pilskog.

Egypt Green a milestone for Africa

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