A Fertiglobe-led consortium has selected US-based Plug Power to supply 100 MW of PEM electrolysers for a new green ammonia project adjacent to EBIC’s ammonia plant in Ain Sokhna, Egypt. At full capacity, the project will generate enough green hydrogen feedstock to produce 90,000 tonnes of ammonia per year. Originally launched in October, the consortium includes Egypt’s sovereign wealth fund and Norwegian renewables developer Scatec, who will build the green hydrogen production facility. EBIC will off take the hydrogen to supplement its existing fossil-based hydrogen feedstock. The consortium partners are targeting a start date of 2024 for operations, though enough construction work will be completed at the facility to showcase it at next year’s COP.
“This order reinforces our strong booking momentum in the electrolyzer business and puts Plug Power well on its path to achieving its 2022 electrolyzer sales plan. Plug Power is aggressively pursuing an extensive sales pipeline of green hydrogen and green ammonia projects. We continue to establish meaningful global partnerships in the green hydrogen economy where we can deliver our commercial electrolyzer solutions.”Plug Power CEO Andy Marsh in the organisation’s official press release, 24 Nov 2021
Plug Power & electrolysers
Plug Power is an official partner Fortescue Future Industries’ planned electrolyser mega-factory in Gladstone, Queensland, which is scheduled to produce its first electrolysers in 2023. As part of this agreement, FFI will purchase 250 MW of PEM electrolsyers from Plug Power’s existing Rochester giga-factory, which officially opened last month. Plug Power also recently formalised a new partnership with Acciona, aiming to capture a significant share of the burgeoning green hydrogen market in Spain and Portugal.
According to the national government’s Integrated Sustainable Energy Strategy, Egypt is aiming to generate 42% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2035, up from about 20% currently. A massive 61 GW of generating potential in solar PV, concentrated solar and onshore wind alone makes Egypt an ideal location for green hydrogen & ammonia production. In 2021 the government has held talks with thyssenkrupp and Siemens to develop export projects in Egypt.