President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi held meetings on Saturday with a number of representatives of Norwegian and Australian energy companies to discuss cooperation.
This came within the framework of the National Strategy for Generating Clean Energy in conjunction with Egypt’s preparations to host the UN Conference of Parties on Climate Change (COP27) in Sharm El-Sheikh this November.
Also in attendance were Minister of Electricity and Renewable Energy Mohamed Shaker, Regional Director-General for the Middle East and North Africa in Scatec Mohamed Amer, and Tarje Belskog — the CEO of the Norwegian company for new and renewable energy generation.
The meeting dealt with discussing cooperation with Scatec on new and renewable energy projects and the establishment of a project to produce electrical energy amounting to 3 GW of wind energy within the framework of the national strategy.
Furthermore, Al-Sisi affirmed Egypt’s interest in cooperating with the Norwegian side due to the vast experience it enjoys in the field of new and renewable energy, especially in light of the availability of political and executive will.
He also stressed that the green energy sector enjoys unprecedented support from the state as one of its most important priorities, exploiting Egypt’s wealth of energy sources by wind and sun.
For his part, Belskog pointed to the interest that the Norwegian company attaches to cooperation with Egypt in the field of clean energy, especially in light of the ongoing preparations for Egypt to host the COP27, in addition to the wealth that Egypt enjoys in renewable energy sources.
Additionally, Al-Sisi also met with Andrew Forrest — President of the Australian FFI — in the presence of Shaker, Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources Tarek El-Molla, and Moataz Kandil — the Regional General Manager for the Middle East and North Africa of the company.
The meeting dealt with following up on cooperation between the Australian company and the electricity and renewable energy sectors in Egypt, specifically the field of green hydrogen and green ammonia production, including a project to produce 9.2 GW of electric power from new and renewable energy, and the settlement of related industries, such as solar panels and wind turbines.
The president directed to provide all the necessary facilities to speed up the process of implementing joint projects related to green energy, and to benefit from the advanced experiences of Australian companies in this field in light of the interest that Egypt attaches to keeping pace with the global trend of spreading the use of renewable energy.