Sharm El-Sheikh: The presidents of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Egypt saw the signing of an agreement on Tuesday to foster one of the world’s largest onshore wind projects in Egypt, according to an official statement on the Gulf nation’s state news agency.
The Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the UAE’s renewable energy firm Masdar alongside its joint venture with Egypt’s main sustainable energy developer Infinity and Hassan Allam Utilities, the statement on news agency WAM said.
Masdar, invested in a portfolio of renewable energy resources with a combined value of more than $20 billion and a total capacity of more than 15 GW, said the new project would be its biggest yet.
“With this agreement to develop our largest ever project, Masdar is proud to bolster our contribution to Egypt’s renewable energy goals,” Masdar’s CEO Mohamed Jameel al-Ramahi said.
Tuesday’s agreement was signed on the sidelines of the ongoing COP27 climate summit in Egypt’s coastal city of Sharm El-Sheikh. The UAE is hosting the COP28 conference next year. When completed, the wind farm would be part of Egypt’s Green Corridor initiative, a grid committed to renewable energy projects that are aimed at guaranteeing renewable energy makes up 42% of the country’s energy mix by 2035.
The wind project would save Egypt an estimated $5 billion in annual natural gas costs, the statement said. Egypt’s total installed power capacity was around 59.5 GW in 2019/2020, the country’s renewable energy authority said in an annual report. “The project will enable the country to save vast amounts of natural gas; thereby attaining economic growth, reducing carbon emissions, and providing greater access to sustainable energy sources,” Mohamed Mansour, the chairman of Infinity Power, the Masdar and Infinity joint venture, said in the statement.
In April, Masdar and Hassan Allam Utilities signed two Memoranda of Understanding with Egyptian state-backed organizations to coordinate the improvement of 4 GW green hydrogen production plants in the Suez Canal Economic Zone and on the Mediterranean coast. In the first phase of that project, a green hydrogen manufacturing facility will be created and functional by 2026, able to produce 100,000 tonnes of e-methanol per year for bunkering in the Suez Canal, the statement said.
The electrolyzer facilities could be extended to up to 4 GW by 2030 to generate 2.3 million tonnes of green ammonia for trade as well as supply green hydrogen for local industries, it said.