Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources, Tarek El Molla, has stated that Egypt has taken actual steps in the way to the hydrogen industry by developing  a relevant specific strategy, and communicating with countries and international companies to explore opportunities for cooperation in this field, a press release stated.

This came during the participation of El Molla as a keynote speaker in the activities of the  “1st Unlocking Industries – Hydrogen in Africa” forum via video conference. Mohamed Shaker, Minister of Electricity and Renewable Energy, and Khaled Galal, Egypt’s ambassador in Berlin, also represented Egypt in the forum organized by Afrika-Verein in the framework of the German-African Energy Days 2021.

El Molla also highlighted Egypt’s potentials and competitive advantages that qualify it to enter the hydrogen industry, especially the availability of natural gas resources that are able to support the production of blue hydrogen, whose significance lies on both short and medium terms to produce green hydrogen effectively and economically.

El Molla also pointed out that these steps are in line with the state’s plan to shift towards clean energy, reduce carbon emissions, and achieve sustainable development within the framework of Egypt’s Vision 2030.

Additionally, the Petroleum Minister touched upon the efforts of the petroleum sector to invest in natural gas as an important source in the transition towards clean energy, shedding the light on the expansion of natural gas delivery to more than 12 million households, as well as the expansion in the usage of compressed natural gas (CNG) through an ambitious plan to convert more than 450,000 cars in the coming three years.