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Voltalia and TAQA Arabia announce intent to develop renewable hydrogen hub in Egypt

| By Mary Bailey

French renewable energy firm Voltalia and its partner TAQA Arabia signed a framework agreement during the Egypt-EU Investment Conference 2024, which was held on June 29 and 30 in Cairo. The main focus of the agreement is to to develop a cluster combining renewable energy and green hydrogen production.

The Egypt-EU Investment Conference was held under the auspices of Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, and Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, President of the Arab Republic of Egypt.

The framework agreement is a continuation of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed in December 2022 to develop a cluster combining green hydrogen production with renewable power generation. The project will be implemented in two identical phases, each comprising a 500-megawatt electrolyzer powered by more than 1.3 gigawatt of solar and wind energy. The facility will have an annual production capacity exceeding 130,000 tons of hydrogen for each phase. It will be located at a greenfield site near Ain Sokhna port in the Suez Canal Economic Zone.

Sebastien Clerc, CEO of Voltalia said: “Egypt has promising opportunities to enhance its regional leadership in green hydrogen production and export within the country’s plans for green transformation. Voltalia is working hard to support these plans by signing a framework agreement in partnership with TAQA Arabia, which has great experience in the energy sector. This landmark project will contribute significantly to Egypt’s transition to a green sustainable economy. The project will enhance Egypt energy security by becoming less reliant on fossils fuels and achieving sustainable development goals.”

Ms. Pakinam Kafafi, CEO of TAQA Arabia, said: “TAQA Arabia is committed to contribute in building the green economy in Egypt, in line with the state’s efforts. This commitment is reflected in a continuation to our operations through strategic partnerships with the most important players in the energy sector. As such, we sign this framework agreement with the French Voltalia, NREA, SCZone, and TSFE.”

Eng. Khaled Abubakr, Chairman of TAQA Arabia, added: “This conference reflects the EU’s confidence in Egypt’s economic achievements evidenced by the economic reform programs implemented by the government over the past decade. These reforms include exceptional efforts to increase the share of renewable energy.”