Egypt signs MoU with TotalEnergies, Enara Capital to boost Green Ammonia production

EGYPT – The government of Egypt has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Total Energies and Enara Capital to annually produce 300,000 tons of green ammonia from clean energy in the Sokhna region.

The MoU was signed between the Egyptian General Authority for Suez Canal Economic Zone (SCZone), Egypt’s Sovereign Fund, the Egyptian Electricity Transmission (EETC), the New and Renewable Energy Authority (NREA), Egyptian company Enara Capital, and the alliance of the French “Total” companies.

The signing was attended by Prime Minister Moustafa Mabouli, Minister of Electricity and Renewable Energy Mohamed Shaker, and Minister of Planning and Economic Development Hala al-Saeed.

During the ceremony, the PM pointed out that Egypt is working on supporting green economy transformation based on green energy, especially by granting facilities and incentives to attract green investments.

Green ammonia is a 100-percent renewable and carbon-free ammonia that is produced by green hydrogen, which is obtained by “using hydrogen from water electrolysis and nitrogen separated from the air.”

Madbouly added that the government aims to sign more MoUs in this field in accordance with President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi’s directives

The project is expected to increase the productivity to 1.5 million tons per year after the phase, provided that it is fed with green hydrogen that will be produced from clean and renewable energy sources.

According to Zakaria, SCZone chairperson, the Suez Canal Economic Zone concluded a number of agreements with major international leading companies in the field of clean energy, to establish industrial complexes for the production of green hydrogen.

This coincides with Egypt’s hosting of the 27th session of the Conference of the States Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP27) due to be held Next November in Sharm El-Sheikh.

The Egyptian government has allocated a number of areas for producing green hydrogen in the Suez Canal Economic Zone.

In April 2022, two memoranda of understanding were signed by Egypt’s SCZone authority and Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (Masdar) to develop green hydrogen plants.

In March 2022, the Sovereign Fund of Egypt, Norway’s Scatec ASA for renewable energy systems, Orascom Construction, Fertiglobe, and the Egyptian Fertilizers Company signed two memoranda of understanding to build and operate a green hydrogen plant with a capacity of 100 megawatts at Ain Sokhna Industrial Zone.

In the same month, the prime minister also witnessed the signing of an MoU to produce green hydrogen that will be used to fuel ships through a plant that will be located in Ain Sokhna

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