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Voltalia And TAQA Arabia To Develop A Cluster Combining RE Generation With Green Hydrogen Production In Egypt

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A file photo of In Egypt, Voltalia and TAQA Arabia sign a Memorandum of Understanding to develop a cluster combining renewable energy generation with green hydrogen production

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Voltalia and its partner TAQA Arabia have signed an MOU with the Government of Egypt, to develop, finance, and operate a cluster combining green hydrogen production with solar and wind power generation.

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The initial project will include a new green hydrogen production facility with a capacity of 15,000 tonnes per year, in a greenfield site near Ain Sokhna port in the Suez Canal Economic Zone, through a 100-megawatt electrolyser supplied with 283 megawatts of renewable power. The project will be expanded to 150,000 tonnes per year of green hydrogen with an electrolyser capacity of up to an aggregate of 1 gigawatt supplied by an aggregate of 2.7 gigawatts of solar and wind power. The land required by the cluster will be provided by the Egyptian government.

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At the official signing ceremony in Cairo, the Government of Egypt was represented by Dr. Mostafa Madbouly – Egypt’s Prime Minister, Dr. Mohamed Shaker – Minister of Electricity and Renewable Energy, Dr. Hala El Said – Minister of Planning and Economic Development, Dr. Mahmoud Essmat – Minister of Public Enterprise Sector, and Eng Khaled Abu Bakr – Executive Chairman of TAQA Arabia. The signatories were Mr. Ayman Soliman – CEO of the Sovereign Fund of Egypt (TSFE), Mr. Waleid Gamal ElDien – Chairman of the General Authority for Suez Canal Economic Zone (SCZONE), Mrs. Pakinam Kafafi – CEO of TAQA Arabia, Mr. Karim El Ezzawy – Voltalia Country Manager, Dr. Mohamed El-Khayat – Chairman of the New and Renewable Energy Authority (NREA) and Eng Salah Ezzat – Vice Chairman of the Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company (EETC). The initial shareholders of the cluster will be Voltalia, as majority partner, and TAQA Arabia, a subsidiary of QALAA Holding, an African leader in energy and Infrastructure. TSFE and EETC will have the right to become minority shareholders.

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Contributing to Egypt’s constructive vision to increase the share of renewables in the energy mix, Voltalia is committed to supporting the country’s goal of a 42% renewable share of total generation capacity by 2035.

“We are extremely pleased to have signed this Memorandum of Understanding. Voltalia has been active in Egypt since 2017 having developed, built, and operated its Râ Solar project within the Benban cluster. This green hydrogen project will be a first for Voltalia and will allow us to broaden our range of renewable solutions to clients,” said Sébastien Clerc, CEO of Voltalia.

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