A new partnership with electrical equipment manufacturer Plug Power, which will provide an electrolyser for Scatec’s 100MW green hydrogen project in Egypt, has been announced.
Green ammonia, produced from renewable energy such as solar and wind instead of natural gas, is a versatile product that is an ideal carrier fuel to store and transport hydrogen and can help decarbonise numerous sectors.
Abu Dhabi-headquartered chemicals giant Fertiglobe – a consortium of OCI, the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company, Scatec ASA, The Sovereign Fund of Egypt (TSFE) and Orascom Construction – will use Plug Power’s electrolyser technology to produce green H2 as feedstock for up to 90,000 tons of green ammonia production in Ain Sokhna, Egypt.
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The hydrogen will be used to produce green ammonia. Orascom Construction is expected to execute the local works for the 100MW electrolyser project.
The 100MW Polymer Electrolyte Membrane (PEM) electrolyser will be the largest globally when it comes online. Egypt is an ideal location to produce green hydrogen given its unique renewables profile with strong solar and wind loads and proximity to markets with a hydrogen deficit.
Ayman Soliman, CEO of The Sovereign Fund of Egypt: “The project reflects TSFE’s alignment towards realising the goals of Egypt’s 2030 vision, which embraces the principle of a green economy as a fundamental element of the comprehensive development process.”
CEO of Scatec Solar, Raymond Carlsen, said: “We are very pleased with the selection of Plug Power as technology provider to the 100MW hydrogen facility. This is a key milestone for the project and helps moving the green agenda forward in Egypt ahead of COP27 in the country next year.”
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Executive Chairman of OCI NV, Nassef Sawiris, commented: “We are excited to announce this key milestone in this essential piece of our hydrogen strategy. Plug Power is a leader in electrolysis technology, and this strategic partnership further solidifies our execution strategy.
“At start-up, this will be the largest green hydrogen and largest green ammonia application globally. Construction is expected to follow an accelerated schedule to showcase the facility during COP27 in Egypt in November 2022, highlighting Egypt’s and Fertiglobe’s growing leadership in the renewable energy markets and commitment to a greener future.”