Energy Cooperation between Egypt and Denmark
The Danish Energy Agency Centre for Global Cooperation and the Ministry of Electricity and Renewable Energy in Egypt is preparing a Strategic Sector Cooperation program starting 2020.
Egypt’s ambitious green energy strategy
Egypt possesses an abundance of land and high wind speeds, making it a prime location for renewable energy sources. There are currently opportunities as well as the political will to transform the energy sector in Egypt from being based mainly on fossil fuels, to renewable energy mainly wind- and solar energy. Egypt intends to supply 20 percent of generated electricity from renewable sources by 2022 and 42 percent by 2035, and IRENA estimates that Egypt can generate up to 53 percent of power from renewable sources by 2030.
The challenge for Egypt is integration large amounts of variable renewable energy in a relatively short time. It will require changes in the planning and operation of the power system. The SSC program will make Danish experience with planning and integration of renewable energy available for the Egyptian authorities. The cooperation also aims at bringing the private sector, including Danish energy technology, to the Egyptian market.
Strategic Sector Cooperation
A proposed new Strategic Sector Cooperation (SSC) program with Egypt will facilitate government-to-government collaboration making the Danish experience available and relevant in the Egyptian context. It is anticipated that the SSC-program will focus on deployment and integration of renewable energy in Egyptian energy system and long-term energy system planning along the lines in the current Integrated Sustainable Energy Strategy for 2035. The SSC-program is financed via the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as a three-year program running from 2019 to 2022.
Technical assistance is provided from according to an agreed work program and specific outputs supported by an active involvement of local Danish Embassy including direct dialogue with local partners and supplementary support from international and local consultants.
Danish Growth Advisor in Cairo
Key is not least a Danish senior long term energy advisor posted at the embassy to coordinate the program, liaise with Egyptian stakeholders and provide direct technical assistance in selected areas. The profile of the advisor is expected to include professional qualifications on integration of renewable energy, renewable energy regulation, experience with the development and financing of renewable energy projects, technical and economic assessment and experience with model-based scenario analyses for the energy sector.