• Associated Press

Egypt, Norway to work together on renewable energy projects

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt and Norway on March 31 signed an agreement for several projects to enhance their cooperation in developing renewable energy.

Egypt has been racing to launch environment-friendly projects in the lead-up to the 27th U.N. Climate Change Conference in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh in November.

“The excellent relations between our countries are broad,” Norwegian Foreign Minister Anniken Huitfeldt said at a press briefing in Cairo with Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry.

“They have become broader today with the signing of agreements between the Egyptian government and Norwegian renewable energy company Scatec,” she added.

Egyptian Prime Minister Mustafa Madbouly attended the signing ceremony between representatives of Egypt’s Sovereign Fund, the Norwegian Norfund and Scatec, Norway’s leading renewable power producer, according to a Cabinet statement.

The agreement envisages projects for the production of renewable energy, green hydrogen and the building of a green infrastructure in African countries.

“African countries are particularly vulnerable to climate change, and it is positive that Egypt has taken on the responsibility of leading this year’s climate summit,” Huitfeldt said March 30 before arriving in Cairo.