Egypt’s Ambassador to the European Union and Belgium Badr Abdel Ati has reviewed means to cement cooperation with the EU in the domains of renewable, traditional and clean energy and green hydrogen, state’s news agency MENA reported on Friday.
The diplomat had a meeting with Kadri Simson, the EU Commissioner for Energy, Belgian Energy Minister Tinne Van der Straeten and a host of key officials of the EU and Belgian energy companies.
Both sides also discussed means to cement cooperation on the development of ports and protection of Egyptian beaches.
Simson lauded fruitful energy cooperation with Cairo, highlighting Egypt’s successful organization of the recent climate change conference (COP27) in November in Sharm El-Sheikh city.
For her part, Van der Straeten praised the great momentum of bilateral ties between Egypt and Belgium in terms of Egypt’s great potential and natural resources.
Egypt has frequently discussed enhancing cooperation with Europe in the field of renewable energy and green hydrogen.
Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi and Norwegian Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre launched during COP27 the first phase of a project to build a green hydrogen plant with a production capacity of 100 MW in Ain Sokhna city on the Red Sea.
El-Sisi also revealed in November an Egyptian-Belgian green hydrogen initiative to establish a permanent platform for dialogue between hydrogen-producing and hydrogen-consuming states.
The platform will also include dialogue with the private sector, organisations and financial institutions working in this field.
During COP27, Egypt announced its national strategy for clean hydrogen production as the country plans to become a hub for green hydrogen production and exportation.