Scatec Begins Testing of PEM Electrolyser for 260MW Green Hydrogen Plant in Egypt

  • Scatec has started to commission the first phase of the green hydrogen plant in Ain Sokhna, Egypt. 
  • The facility is the first integrated green hydrogen plant in Africa, and when fully developed will consist of 100 MW of electrolyzers, powered by 260 MW of solar and wind. 
  • The facility will deliver up to approximately 15,000 tons of green hydrogen as feedstock for production of up to 90,000 tons of green ammonia per year in Fertiglobe’s existing ammonia plants. 
  • The consortium is in the process of finalizing engineering and technology choices for the full-scale plant and the partners aim to reach Final Investment Decision on the facility in 2023. 
  • They are currently testing the first and largest PEM electrolyzer in Africa for the first phase of the project. 
  • Egypt Green, which is owned, built, and operated by Fertiglobe in a strategic partnership with OCI N.V. and ADNOC, Scatec ASA, Orascom Construction and The Sovereign Fund of Egypt, marks an important milestone in the development of a green hydrogen ecosystem in Egypt. 

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. Unless we make sharp reductions in greenhouse gas emissions in the coming decades, global warming will exceed the Paris agreement’s goal of limiting temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius.

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In order to secure affordable, accessible and sustainable energy security for future generations an accelerated shift to renewable energy and lower carbon intensity fuels is required. Green hydrogen, which is produced from water using renewable energy sources, has the potential to play a significant role in decarbonizing hard to abate sectors, such as heavy industries and global shipping.

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

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.

The project is being built by Orascom Construction using Egyptian engineers and state of the art technology.

Author: Bryan Groenendaal

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