During its roadshow tour to the Netherlands, the SCZONE delegation, headed by Mr. Waleid Gamal El-Dien, met with “Shell” officials, Mr. Roberto Maria Batumli, Regional lead of the Hydrogen industry EU, and Mr. Rene Smeets, Marine LNG business development Manager. The meeting discussed green hydrogen projects and SCZONE’s plans regarding this sector, as SCZONE has signed 9 framework agreements with major global consortia for green fuel production and bunkering services. This comes after the success of the bunkering operation for the first vessel powered by green methanol at East Port Said Port. The two sides discussed the requirements of green hydrogen projects in Sokhna integrated zone; the desalination plants, the green corridor, and the tank farms for liquid bulk, to serve green hydrogen production, transportation, and storage.
Within the meeting, Shell officials showcased the activity of bunkering services with liquefied natural gas (LNG), and the possibility of implementing this activity in Egypt through SCZONE-affiliated ports, due to the large density of transshipment of SCZONE ports, as well as the availability of the elements for implementing the bunkering activity, building on the successes SCZONE achieved after restoring bunkering services with fossil and green fuel in the ports of East and West Port Said and Sokhna.
Alongside the same tour, SCZONE delegation met with Mr. Lars Michael, Head of HUB Terminals at A.P. Moller Maersk, to discuss enhancing the competitiveness of Container Terminal 2 at East Port Said Port, by boosting more investments in order to attract more transit trade to the terminal. This is to take advantage of the capabilities of the giant A.P. Moller, which currently handles 130,000 ships annually, in 37 countries, with an average of 21.8 million movements, through 64 terminals and ports, with a labor volume of 22,000 workers.
“SCZONE is keen to support AP Moller’s efforts, as a success partner, by enhancing the infrastructure capabilities to automate services at the terminal and the provision of transit services to export various goods from neighboring countries, especially those coming from Southeast Asian countries and China.” Mr. Waleid Gamal El-Dien stated
In the same context, SCZONE Chairman and his accompanying delegation met with Mr. Mark Nolte, Executive Director of Projects, A.P. Muller, to review the expansion project plan at Container Terminal No. (2) in East Port Said, with a berth length of 955 meters, a terminal of 475K square meters, and 12 berth cranes, where the company’s representative reported that the land clearance work has been completed by 95%, announcing the arrival of all cranes and equipment for the station for installation by the end of October 2024, and the design has been completed by 95%. SCZONE delegation also met at the end of the tour with officials of AP Moller’s decarbonization unit, to discuss efforts to replace fossil fuels with alternatives that rely on renewable energy sources in order to reduce carbon emissions.