Egypt, Norway's Sectec looking to cooperate in renewable energy projects

Ahram Online , Wednesday 15 Dec 2021

Egypt and global Norwegian renewable energy producer Scatec have discussed cooperation opportunities in the field of new and renewable energy and localising the technology for water desalination, the presidency said in a statement.

President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi
Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi during a meeting with Scatec CEO Raymond Carlsen on Wednesday, 15 December 2021 (photo: Egyptian presidency)

In a meeting with Scatec CEO Raymond Carlsen at the Egyptian presidential palace in Cairo on Wednesday, President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi expressed Egypt's interest in cooperating with Norway in new and renewable energy projects due to the Norwegian side’s expertise in this field.

El-Sisi said that any future cooperation projects between Egypt and Norway should include establishing technical training centres for building capabilities in operation and maintenance.

Today's talks are part of the national strategy for generating clean energy and diversifying energy sources, the presidency statement said.

Carlsen that said Egypt enjoys a good reputation regionally for its efforts in preserving the environment and relying on new and renewable energy sources, which culminated in Egypt hosting the UN Climate Change Conference 2022 (COP 27) in November 2022 in Sharm El-Sheikh.

Egypt has advanced from 26th place in 2020 to the 20th among the world’s top 40 markets in the Renewable Energy Country Attractiveness Index for 2021.

Under its 2030 vision, Egypt plans to increase the supply of electricity generated from renewable sources to 20 percent by 2022 and up to 42 percent by 2035, with wind providing 14 percent, hydropower 2 percent, photovoltaic power 22 percent, and concentrated solar power 3 percent by 2035.

Additionally, Cairo is working on a host of projects to preserve the environment by making use of the country’s plentiful natural gas production.

Including the Go Green initiative, Egypt has been exerting constant efforts to create and develop an environment-friendly industry by localising modern industrial technologies and creating professional technical cadres to fight pollution and reduce harmful emissions.

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