Egypt, Norway to establish 100 MW green hydrogen production plant in Ain Sokhna


Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi along with Norwegian Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre launched the first phase of a major green hydrogen plant in Egypt’s Ain Sokhna on the Red Sea. The announcement about the project was made at a round table on Tuesday, that President El Sisi co-chaired with the German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, as part of the 2022 UN Climate Change Conference (COP27) being held in Sharm El-Sheikh.

The project aims to produce 100MW and will be implemented by the Norwegian energy giant Scatec.

¨Green hydrogen has become one of the most important solutions on the way toward a green economy during the coming years,” said President El-Sisi. He added that Egypt is one of the first countries to recognize the available opportunities in green hydrogen field early.

El-Sisi also stressed that developing countries cannot yet benefit from the opportunities provided by the transition toward green hydrogen due to their lack of technological capabilities, absence of required infrastructure and shortages in required investment.

Speaking during the roundtable, German Chancellor Olad Scholz said “COP27 is a good opportunity to demonstrate development to date in both the renewable energy and green hydrogen ramp-ups and discuss ways forward¨.

President El-Sisi also unveiled a new Egyptian-Belgian green hydrogen initiative. Co-sponsored with the Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo, this initiative aims to provide a permanent platform for dialogue between hydrogen-producing and hydrogen-consuming countries.