BP joins consortium planning hydrogen capacity in Egypt

4 July 2024 | Muriel Cozier

Egypt could become a key player in the hydrogen sector.

BP has joined a consortium exploring the potential for the development of a multi-phase green hydrogen project in Egypt.

Under the joint development agreement, BP is collaborating with Masdar, Hassan Allam Utilities and Infinity Power, and will act as the lead developer and operator of the planned project on behalf of the consortium.

The consortium has also signed a framework agreement with the Egyptian government to start studies evaluating the technical and commercial feasibility of the project.

It follows on from BP’s announcement in December 2022, that it had signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Egyptian government, by which it would carry out ‘a number of studies to evaluate the technical and commercial feasibility of developing a multi-phase, large-scale green hydrogen export hub in the country’.

Welcoming BP’s inclusion in the consortium, Masdar’s Chief Green Hydrogen Officer Mohammad Abdelqader El Ramahi commented: ‘We already have plans to develop green hydrogen projects in Egypt, and this agreement reinforces Masdar and the UAE’s commitment to Egypt to realise massive clean energy and green hydrogen potential…’ The project's backers added that it would also ‘anchor Egypt as a key player in the sector.’

This latest development for BP marks another step in the company’s push for clean hydrogen capacity globally. In the UK plans for hydrogen capacity at the HyGreen Teesside project moved forward with the company seeking planning approval during May this year.

Last year, BP launched its HyVal green hydrogen cluster project, located in Valencia, Spain. The public-private project is based around the phased development of up to 2GW of electrolysis capacity for producing green hydrogen by 2030.

Also in 2023, BP announced that it was evaluating the feasibility of building an industrial-scale ammonia cracker in Germany, which would provide up to 130,000 tonne/year of low-carbon hydrogen by splitting green ammonia.

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