A consortium led by France’s EDF Renewables has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the General Authority of Egypt’s Suez Canal Economic Zone (SCZone) for the establishment of a green ammonia production plant in Ain Sokhna, at an estimated investment of US$3 billion.
The signing ceremony for the mega project was witnessed by Egypt’s Prime Minister, Dr. Mostafa Madbouly, and Dr. Mohamed Shaker Al-Marqabi, Minister of Electricity and Renewable Energy, and Dr. Hala Al-Saeed, Minister of Planning and Economic Development.
According to the Chairman of SCZone, Eng. Yehia Zaki, the consortium will implement the project in two phases, with construction earmarked to commence in 2024.
The consortium includes the Sovereign Fund of Egypt, the Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company, the Authority of New and Renewable Energy, EDF Renewables, and Zero-Weste Egypt Alliance.
The parties expect the green ammonia production facility to begin commercial operations by the first quarter of 2026. The facility is expected to produce 140,000 tonnes of green ammonia in the first phase, which will rise to 350,000 tonnes a year in the second phase.
The green ammonia production plant will use green hydrogen from desalinated seawater to produce green ammonia, and renewable energy will be used to power the electrolysers.
Egypt’s bet on Green Ammonia
Green ammonia produced from the facility is expected to be supplied to the shipping industry. Egypt’s Suez Canal is one the busiest shipping routes in the world, with the waterway responsible for 12% of global trade. As the race for net-zero shipping intensifies globally, Egypt is looking to position itself as a major supplier for green fuels to the shipping industry.
Egypt’s SCZone signed an MoU with international shipping conglomerate, Maersk, for the provision of green fuel for its ships – subject to a feasibility study earmarked to conclude before the end of 2022.
The green ammonia production plant with the EDF Renewables led consortium adds to a growing number of deals Egypt has concluded in its efforts to establish a green fuels economy. The North African country earlier this year signed a green hydrogen production deal with Norwegian renewables developer, Scatec ASA.
Egypt’s Prime Minister, Dr. Mostafa Madbouly commented during the signing ceremony saying; “The Egyptian state, under the leadership of President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, is keen to sign more projects that support the transition to a green economy.”