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Africa’s first integrated green hydrogen plant commissioned


Exterior shot of Scatec plant Photo: Scatec
The Egypt Green facility will deliver some 15,000 tonnes of green hydrogen as feedstock for the production of up to 90,000 t/y of green ammonia

Photo: Scatec

The first phase of a green hydrogen plant in Ain Sokhna, Egypt, has been commissioned.

The Egypt Green facility is the first integrated green hydrogen plant in Africa, and when fully developed will consist of 100 MW of electrolysers, powered by 260 MW of solar and wind. It will be owned, built and operated by Fertiglobe – a strategic partnership between OCI, Scatec, Orsascom Construction and the Sovereign Fund of Egypt.

The facility will deliver some 15,000 tonnes of green hydrogen as feedstock for the production of up to 90,000 t/y of green ammonia in Fertiglobe’s existing ammonia plants.

The consortium is currently testing the first and largest PEM electrolyser in Africa for the first phase of the project and is in the process of finalising engineering and technology choices for the full-scale plant. The partners aim to reach final investment decision on the facility in 2023.

Green hydrogen, which is produced from water using renewable energy sources, has the potential to play a significant role in decarbonising hard-to-abate sectors such as heavy industries and global shipping.

The launch of the hydrogen facility came as world leaders gathered for the United Nations COP27 Climate Change Conference in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt.

Scatec Chief Executive Terje Pilskog commented: ‘We are at COP27 to highlight the key role renewable energy, including green hydrogen, must play in our energy future, especially in emerging markets. If the world is to succeed in meeting our global climate targets, we need a massive scale up of renewable energy solutions across technologies.’

‘We are discussing innovative green financing solutions to attract more green investments to emerging markets, as well as EU-Africa partnerships to finance clean energy solutions. We are also looking into the role of national governments to help attract more investments and to help bridge the financing gap,’ he added.