The Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi and Scatec (a Norwegian renewable power producer) CEO Raymond Carlsen have discussed plans for large scale seawater desalination, hydrogen and ammonia production based on renewable power in the country.
The President underlined Egypt’s interest in cooperating with Norway, building upon its vast experience in the field of new and renewable energy. He also stressed that any future cooperation projects between the two sides should include technical, capacity-building training centres in the fields of operation and maintenance.
The meeting was attended by the Prime Minister, Minister of Electricity and Renewable Energy, CEO of The Sovereign Fund of Egypt, and the Norwegian Ambassador.
Raymond Carlsen, CEO of Scatec, said, “Power from solar and wind, green hydrogen, green ammonia and water desalination are all key components of this plan, and Scatec is well-positioned to take part in it.”
Scatec explores opportunities for large scale green seawater desalination plants with local partners to secure the freshwater supply in Egypt. Scatec has also signed an MoU with the Suez Canal Economic Zone (SCZone) to study the development of a new green ammonia manufacturing facility, fuelled by green hydrogen produced from renewable power, mainly for export.
“We are excited to announce our participation in the development of a largescale green ammonia manufacturing facility in the SCZone, which is a key milestone in the implementation of Scatec’s Power-to-X strategy,” he further added.
Yehia Zaki, Chairman of the General Authority for the SCZone, added, “The SCZone welcomes the opportunity to host the project at its prominent industrial areas and vital seaport, as a significant, integrated project in one of the most substantial sectors capturing the world’s attention at the moment”.