BP Studies Hydrogen Hub in Egypt

13.12.2022 - BP has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Egyptian Government under which the multinational energy giant will explore the potential for establishing a green hydrogen production plant in the country.

Under the MoU, BP will carry out several studies to evaluate the technical and commercial feasibility of developing a multi-phase, large-scale green hydrogen export hub. The group will consider locations across Egypt that offer high potential for offering best-in-class resources that would include the availability of renewable energy.

“Egypt has world-class renewable energy resources, and we look forward to working with the Government to explore how we can support its ambitious low-carbon strategy,” said Anja-Isabel Dotzenrath, BP’s executive vice president of gas and low carbon energy.

Globally, BP is working on a growing portfolio of options for developing both green and blue hydrogen projects, including in the UK, the Netherlands, Germany, Spain, the Middle East, the US, and Australia.

Last month, BP also signed an MoU with the Government of Mauritania under which it will explore the potential for large-scale production of hydrogen in the African country.

As in Egypt, BP will perform several studies to assess the technical and commercial feasibility of producing renewable hydrogen. Initially, the group will collect the necessary data to evaluate the suitability of wind and solar resources in selected locations for generating large-scale renewable power as well as producing the gas via electrolysis.

Dotzenrath commented: “We are already developing one of the world’s most innovative gas projects with the support of the Mauritanian government. And we now intend to expand our partnership into low-carbon energy by exploring the potential for a world-leading green hydrogen development, which could position Mauritania at the forefront of the energy transition.” 

Author: Elaine Burridge, Freelance Journalist