On March 25th, Giza Governor General Ahmed Rashed held a meeting with Mr Robert Valk, CEO of Renergy Group Partners and Green Tech Egypt, to discuss the progress of the Waste-to-Energy project in Abu Rawash, Giza. 

During the meeting, Mr Valk provided updates on the project’s status, stating that the preliminary designs, including architecture, boilers, turbines, electrical specifications, heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and water and sewerage systems, are completed.

Mr Valk reached a noteworthy milestone by handing over all project drawings to Governor General Ahmed Rashed, signifying progress in the project implementation. General Ahmed Rashed expressed his support for the project and assured that he would closely monitor the forthcoming steps.

Founder and CEO of Renergy Group Partners & Green Tech Egypt, Mr Robert Valk, participated in a panel discussion titled ‘Chasing Green—Clean and Renewable Energies’ at EGYPES 2024. EGYPES is an important platform and conference for industry leaders to discuss the advancements and challenges within the energy and renewable energy industry.

The different panel discussions at EGYPES 2024 were dynamic exchanges of ideas and insights, shedding light on the remarkable strides made in the renewable energy sector. Mr Valk contributed his expertise to an engaging conversation that underscored the key role of renewable energies and different opportunities for Egypt in combatting climate change.

The dialogue emphasized the urgent need for collective action to curb greenhouse gas emissions and mitigate the adverse effects of climate change. Renergy Group Partners remains steadfast in its commitment to driving positive change through innovative renewable energy solutions.

Dr Yasmin Fouad, the Minister of Environment, held a meeting with Mr Robert Valk, Founder and CEO of “Renergy Group Partners & Green Tech Egypt,” to discuss the latest developments in implementing the solid municipal waste conversion to electrical energy station in Abu Rawash. This project, the first of its kind in Egypt, is crucial in paving the way for similar endeavors in various provinces. The meeting, attended by Dr Tarek El-Araby, the CEO of the Waste Management Regulatory Authority, focused on the project’s progress, procedural, logistical, and investment challenges, and proposed solutions. The total investment cost for the project is approximately $120 million, with a capacity of processing 1200 tons per day, generating 30 megawatts per hour. The project is executed under the contract signed between the alliance (National Organization for Military Production and Renergy Group Partners) and the Giza Governorate, with the collaboration of several ministries.

Dr Yasmin Fouad emphasized that this project marks the beginning of a series of waste-to-energy projects. The Ministry of Environment, in collaboration with partner ministries and entities, supported by the Cabinet, is working to provide equal opportunities for participation, encouraging investment in this field for its environmental and economic benefits to the Egyptian state. The project represents a significant step in Egypt’s localization of waste-to-energy technology and strengthens the partnership with the private sector.

Furthermore, Dr Yasmin Fouad highlighted that the project will maximize the utilization of waste by reducing the quantity destined for final disposal, mitigating emissions from the waste sector as a contributor to climate change. The project brings both social and economic benefits by providing a new energy source. It represents an inspiring initiative in preparing the supportive climate for waste-to-energy projects in Egypt through partnerships with the private sector.

Mr Robert Valk, Founder and CEO of “Renergy Group Partners & Green Tech Egypt,” presented the efforts made in the past period to progress the project, including completing the environmental impact assessment, finalizing the project design, and coordinating with various partner entities to complete necessary procedures. He discussed the challenges faced during implementation and proposed solutions, commending the efforts of ministries and partner entities in project preparation.

Engineer Mohamed Salah, the Minister for Military Production, met with “Renergy Group Partners” to discuss the latest developments in implementing Egypt’s first power plant generating electricity from waste. The meeting, hosted at the Ministry of Military Production headquarters in the New Administrative Capital, included Mr Robert Valk, CEO of Renergy Group Partners and Green Tech Egypt, and Mr Eslam Ramadan, Company Manager of Renergy Group Partners & Green Tech Egypt, who discussed the progress of the waste treatment project.

Minister Mohamed Salah welcomed the Renergy Group Partners delegation, emphasising Egypt’s interest in creating a supportive environment for environmental investment. He highlighted the state’s commitment to tackling climate change and involving the private sector in projects that promote environmental sustainability. The collaboration between Military Production, Green Tech Egypt, and OAK Holding in the Renergy Group Partners alliance was emphasised.

In cooperation with Green Tech and OAK, the minister mentioned that the Ministry of Military Production has initiated the executive steps to establish a waste treatment station in Abu Rawash, Giza Governorate. The project aims to convert solid municipal waste into electrical energy, with a capacity of 30 megawatts per hour, processing 1200 tons of waste per day. The minister stressed the ministry’s participation in various national projects to support comprehensive and sustainable development, utilising the surplus production capacity of its diverse companies.

Mr Robert Valk, CEO of Renergy Group Partners and Green Tech Egypt, outlined the executive status of the waste-to-energy project in Abu Rawash. He commended the continuous coordination among relevant entities involved in the project, anticipating its significant positive impact on Egypt’s environment and national economy. Mr Valk expressed appreciation for Egypt’s efforts to expand clean and renewable energy projects, integrating the private sector to enhance waste management.

The media advisor to the Minister for Military Production and the official spokesperson for the ministry, Mr Mohamed Eid Bakr, mentioned that this meeting is part of a series aimed at monitoring the progress of the solid municipal waste-to-electricity project in Abu Rawash.

Representatives from the Ministry of Military Production attending the meeting included Engineer Emile Helmy Elias, Deputy Chairman of the Board of the National Authority for Military Production and Executive Director, Engineer Mohamed Sherin Mohamed, Supervisor of the Minister’s Office Central Administration, Engineer Mohamed Abu El Naga, Advisor to the Deputy Minister, and Engineer Mounir Helal, Head of the Technical Follow-up Sector.

Engineer Mohamed Salah, the Minister of Military Production, met with Dr. Yasmin Fouad, the Minister of Environment, and Major General Hisham Ameen, the Minister of Local Development. The discussion centred on the progress of the executive status of the waste-to-energy conversion project in Abu Rawash (Giza) and of basic infrastructure projects for the municipal solid waste system in various provinces.

Minister Mohamed Salah highlighted the commitment of relevant authorities to swiftly implement the waste-to-energy conversion station project, aligning with President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi’s directives to enhance citizens’ quality of life.

The waste-to-energy conversion project in Abu Rawash aims to convert 1200 tons of waste daily into electricity, generating 30 megawatts per hour. The Ministry of Electricity and Renewable Energy specialists are assessing the feasibility of connecting the station to the industrial transformers station in Giza. Coordination is ongoing to determine the cable path between Abu Rawash and Giza, enabling the project’s executing company, “Renergy Group Partners,” to proceed with necessary drawings and technical work for implementation.

Dr. Yasmin Fouad, the Minister of Environment, praised the fruitful collaboration between ministries over five years, working towards an integrated waste management system in Egypt. She emphasised the significance of the waste-to-energy project in Abu Rawash for environmental conservation and sustainable development.

Major General Hisham Ameen, the Minister of Local Development, affirmed support for the waste-to-energy project, highlighting its uniqueness in Egypt and its role in the integrated municipal waste system.

The meeting attendees included Engineer Emil Helmy Elias, Deputy Chairman of the National Authority for Military Production, and key officials from the ministry.

General Khaled Foudh, the Governor of South Sinai, has expressed his strong support for the ambitious Mega Scale Green Hydrogen project in the South Sinai Region during his meeting with Mr Robert Valk, Founder and CEO of Renergy Group Partners and Green Tech Egypt. The Mega Scale Green Hydrogen aims to produce more than 400,000 tons of Green Hydrogen every year. Led by Renergy Group Partners, in collaboration with the Ministry of Military Production (MOMP), the project has gained significant acceleration since it received approval from Prime Minister Dr. Mostafa Madbouly last month. General Khaled Foudh also discussed the project with the Minister of MOMP, His Excellency Mohamed Salah.

The meeting between General Khaled Foudh and Mr Robert Valk underscores Egypt’s commitment to advancing green hydrogen technology and promoting sustainable development. This project is a major milestone in Egypt’s clean and sustainable energy pursuit. It aligns with the decision made by the Cabinet this year, laying the groundwork for establishing the National Council for Green Hydrogen and its derivatives. The successful partnership between the Governorate of South Sinai and the Ministry of Military Production highlights their collaborative spirit.

General Khaled Foudh supports the proposal to build the Green Hydrogen Production Plant within the governorate’s boundaries, acknowledging the natural and topographic advantages of the location. Furthermore, the project is expected to boost the technology and labour sectors by creating thousands of jobs and bringing cutting-edge hydrogen technology to South Sinai.

The meeting brought together key figures, including General Ahmed Mohammed Alexandrani, Secretary General of the Governorate; General Muhammad Shair, Assistant Secretary General; Mr Mabrouk Mohammed Al-Ghamrini, President of the City of Tor Sinai, and Engineer Mustafa Abdo Ahmed, Director of the General Administration for Planning and Urban Development in the South Sinai Governorate, as well as Mr Eslam Ramadan, Manager of Renergy Group Partners and Green Tech Egypt.

The Minister of Military Production, Eng Mohamed Salah, met at the Ministry of Military Production’s headquarters with Mr Robert Valk, CEO and founder of Green Tech Egypt & Renergy Group Partners, and Mr Eslam Ramadan, Company Manager of Green Tech Egypt & Renergy Group Partners.

The primary agenda of this meeting was to closely monitor the progress of establishing Egypt’s first solid municipal waste processing facility, which will convert waste into electricity. This state-of-the-art facility is strategically located in the Abu Rawash region of Giza Governorate. The Minister underscored that the initiative, led by the Renergy Group Partners – a partnership consisting of the Ministry of Military Production, Green Tech Egypt, and OAK Holding – will convert 1200 tons of waste daily into 30 MW.

Minister Eng Mohamed Salah emphasised that this project would have a far-reaching positive impact on the nation’s citizens and economy. He further stressed his unwavering commitment to closely monitoring the progress of the Renergy Group Partners, highlighting the importance of seamless coordination between the Ministry and all other involved parties and ministries to ensure the project’s timely execution.

Mr Robert Valk, CEO and founder of Green Tech Egypt & Renergy Group Partners, provided an overview of the project’s current status, especially the commencement of the waste-to-electricity power plant in Abu Rawash. This project aligns seamlessly with Egypt’s broader efforts to expand its clean and renewable energy portfolio while encouraging greater participation of the private sector in waste management, thereby contributing to a cleaner environment, enhanced climate security, and improved living conditions for its citizens. He expressed his deep appreciation for the collaborative efforts of all project stakeholders.

Mr Mohamed Eid Bakr, the Media Adviser to the Minister of Military Production and the Ministry’s official spokesperson, underscored the Ministry’s commitment to actively participate in national projects that support the country’s sustainable development. Leveraging the production capacities of its various companies, the Ministry aims to play a vital role in driving these transformative initiatives forward.

The meeting was attended by several key figures from the Ministry of Military Production, including Engineer Emil Helmy Elias, Deputy Chairman of the Board of Directors of the National Organization for Military Production, Engineer Mohamed Sherin Mohamed, Supervisor of the Central Administration of the Minister’s Office, Mr Mohamed Bakr, Media Adviser to the Minister, Engineer Mohamed Abu Al-Naga, Advisor to the Deputy, and Mr Ibrahim Mohammed, Head of Sector Public Relations and Ceremony.

The project to convert solid municipal waste into electricity is an environmental milestone and a commitment to sustainable development and responsible waste management. The Ministry’s active involvement and cooperation with key partners like Green Tech Egypt and Renergy Group Partners are set to pave the way for a greener, more sustainable future for Egypt and its people.

The forum was organised with the support of the President of the Arab Republic of Egypt in collaboration with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation on September 12. The primary aim of the forum was to strengthen Egypt’s investment landscape by showcasing opportunities and facilitating partnerships between traditional and non-traditional financial institutions, investors, and corporations. This strategic initiative perfectly aligns with the Ministry of the Environment’s overarching vision, which seeks to guide Egypt toward a low-carbon, resilient economy capable of confronting the challenges posed by climate change.

Dr Mostafa Madbouly, the Prime Minister, inaugurated the first edition of the Climate and Environmental Investment Forum in Egypt. Dr Madbouly expressed Egypt’s commitment to capitalising on the outcomes of COP27, held in Sharm El-Sheikh, by translating them into tangible measures for Egypt, African nations, and the broader community of developing countries.

Dr Yasmin Fouad, the Minister of the Environment, presided over the session themed “Integrated Waste and Sustainable Energy Management.” This session served as a platform for discussing success stories and investment prospects within the environmental and climate sector. Key participants included Dr Tarek El-Araby, Head of the Waste Management Regulatory Authority; Mrs Kerstin Deji, EU Green Project Manager from GIZ; Mr Ahmed Hassan, ABB Local Business Area Manager for Egypt and North and Central Africa; Mr Robert Valk, CEO of Renergy Group Partners; Mrs Heba Nayel, CEO of Papyrus; and Mr Moussa Khalil, CEO of Mozna. Dr Dalia Saqr, an expert in circular economy and climate change, moderated the session.

Dr Tarek El-Araby highlighted the substantial strides made in waste management through legislative and organisational efforts. The issuance of Egypt’s waste management law in 2020 and its executive regulations in 2022 marked a key moment in this regard. The Waste Management Regulatory Authority, overseeing waste management in Egypt, has been entrusted with formulating specifications, conducting cost-effective studies, and devising investment plans for waste management projects. Dr El-Araby also shed light on promising investment opportunities, including the conversion of waste into fodder and medicinal gelatin, as well as the extraction of biological minerals from e-waste. Notably, Renergy Group Partners initiated the first Waste-to-energy project in Abu Rawash. Dr Tarek El-Araby also unveiled other investment prospects in waste management, such as recycling used food oils for biodiesel production, creating alternative fuels from municipal and agricultural waste to reduce carbon emissions in cement factories, generating green hydrogen from waste, and transforming sewage stations into sources of electricity and alternative fuels. These initiatives are further incentivised by Egypt’s new investment laws and the coveted “golden license.”

Mr. Robert Valk, CEO of Renergy Group Partners, expressed his gratitude to Dr Yasmin Fouad for extending an invitation to the Environmental and Climate Investment Forum. He acknowledged Egypt’s growing interest in environmental and climate-related investments, focusing on municipal and medical waste sectors. Mr Valk lauded Egypt’s commendable efforts in waste management and expressed Renergy Group Partners’ keenness to collaborate with Egypt on human development, waste management, and capacity-building projects.

The Prime Minister, Dr Mostafa Madbouly, convened a meeting to deliberate upon a proposal presented by Renergy Group Partners to establish a mega green hydrogen plant within Egypt. Attendees at this meeting included key figures such as Dr Mohamed Shaker, the Minister of Electricity and Renewable Energy; General Mohamed Salah El-Din, Minister of Military Production; Mr Robert Valk, CEO of Renergy Group Partners and Green Tech Egypt, the Project Implementing Company; Advisor Amjad Said, Legal Counsel to the Minister of Electricity and Renewable Energy; Engineer Alaa Hajar, Representative from the Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources in the Technical Office; and Engineer Mohamed Abu El-Naga, Advisor to the Ministry for Military Production.

As disclosed by Ambassador Nader Saad, the spokesperson for the Cabinet’s presidency, the meeting centred around Renergy Group Partners’ proposal to establish a mega green hydrogen plant via foreign direct investments. The proposed project boasts a capacity of 400 thousand tons per annum, drawing its energy needs exclusively from a 15-gigawatt solar power plant. Furthermore, the facility’s production of green hydrogen will be channelled entirely towards European markets, with the project’s financial objectives aiming to achieve an annual revenue of one billion dollars. Notably, this initiative is also expected to generate substantial employment opportunities.

It was emphasised that an upcoming phase will encompass an in-depth feasibility assessment of the project, followed by identifying an optimal site for its implementation. Concluding the meeting, the Prime Minister expressed his approval of the project and emphasised the need for expediting practical assessments and investigations.

Renergy Group Partners hosted a highly important site inspection of its inaugural Waste-to-Energy power plant site following the observance of ‘World Environment Day.’ The event garnered attention from esteemed guests, including Dr Yasmin Fouad, the Minister of Environment; General Mohamed Salah, the Minister of Military Production; General Ahmed Rashed, the Governor of Giza; and Dr Tarek El-Araby, the head of WMRA (Waste Management Regulatory Authority).

The Concession Agreement, signed in April, marked a momentous collaboration between the National Authority for Military Production, Renergy Group Partners, Giza Governorate, and five ministries: Environment, Finance, Electricity, Local Development, and Military Production. This agreement was the outcome of an inclusive consultative process that involved the participation of the Council of State.

During the inspection, Minister Dr Yasmin Fouad expressed her gratitude to all participants for joining this auspicious occasion. The project boasts an investment cost of approximately $120 million, with a waste processing capacity of 1200 tons per day. The plant’s annual operating costs are estimated to be around $5.5 million, while it is expected to generate 30 MW per hour. The construction of the power plant is projected to take 24 months. Dr Yasmin Fouad emphasised that this week marks the celebration of ‘Environmental Investment Week,’ under the patronage of His Excellency the President of the Republic, in alignment with the National Strategy of Waste Management and Management Organization Law Waste No. 202 for 2020, and its executive decree. The preparations for this project commenced following the issuance of Cabinet Resolution No. 41 for 2019 on the tariff. It is a remarkable example of the Ministry’s commitment to promoting environmental investment by involving the community and engaging various stakeholders from all across Egypt.

Minister Mohamed Salah underscored that establishing the Abu Rawash Power Station results from joint efforts between Egypt’s public and private sectors. He expressed optimism regarding the project’s future, anticipating the creation of new job opportunities, achieving energy self-sufficiency, and adopting a modern and environmentally friendly waste treatment approach.

Governor Ahmed Rashed reaffirmed the Egyptian state’s commitment, under the leadership of President Abdul Fattah El-Sisi, to enhance the environment and realise the objectives outlined in Egypt’s Vision 2030. He expressed gratitude for the collaboration between the Giza Governorate and the Ministries of Environment, Military Production, and Local Development in initiating and expediting the project, with the ultimate goal of benefiting residents and improving their quality of life.

Robert Valk, the CEO of Renergy Group Partners, commended the ministries and partner organisations’ efforts in the project’s preparation. Mr Valk emphasised the successful coordination and partnership that facilitated the implementation of this groundbreaking initiative. He expressed his expectation of continued collaboration in the future to replicate this experience in other locations across Egypt, aligning with the priorities of the Egyptian state and leveraging the knowledge gained during the project’s preparation phase.

Implementing the Prime Minister’s duties to lay the first brick for implementing projects to convert waste to electricity. The Minister of Environment, Dr Yasmine Fouad, said: ‘The project is the result of a long journey of partnerships and decisions that support investment in converting waste into electricity in collaboration with the private sector with a total investment of 120 million USD’. Whereas General Mohamed Salah, Minister of Military Production, noted ‘all stakeholders are keen to proceed quickly with the implementation of this important project that will contribute to improving the environmental, health and living conditions of citizens’.

The project is part of Egypt Vision 2030. The power plant will process 1200 tons/ day of household waste to generate 30 MW of electricity and is designed under the concept Design, Build, Own and Operate (DBOO) to ease the government financially. The plant will operate for 25 years, and then the ownership will be handed over to Giza Governorate.
The Giza Governor, Ahmed Rashed Mustafa Atifi, mentioned that this project grants leadership to Giza Governorate in maximising the use of waste and reducing its accumulation.

The project was developed under the supervision of the Ministry of Environment in cooperation with the other ministries. The consortium Renergy Group Partners LLC consists of a highly experienced alliance of the National Organization for Military Production (MOMP), Green Tech Egypt, and OAK Holding.

Mr Robert Valk, CEO of Renergy Group Partners, pointed out the economic and environmental benefits of the project, starting from 120 million USD in foreign investments carried out in the Abu Rawash industrial zone. Approximately 40% of the contracting work will be implemented by Egyptian companies, contributing to the localisation of a new industry in Egypt. Part of the equipment will be built in the Ministry of Military Production factories. Also, the power plant will accommodate Egyptian University students to do scientific research on converting waste into electricity. Moreover, the project will contribute to a cleaner environment for us and our future generations.

Below is the board of Directors of Renergy Group Partners; Mr Gareth Brown, Mr Talal Ali Al Zain, Mr Robert Valk and Mr Eslam Ramadan.

The following video is the animation of the WTE Abu Rawash power plant.

Eng. Mohamed Salah El-Din Mustafa, Minister of State for Military Production, welcomed Dr Yasmine Fouad, Minister of Environment, at the headquarters of the General Office of the Ministry of Military Production to discuss the project of converting waste into electric energy in Abu Rawash, as well as several matters of joint cooperation between the two sides. 

Minister Eng. Mohamed Salah indicated that this meeting comes in light of the implementation of the directives of President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, and the continuous follow-up of the Prime Minister with the ministries concerned with the file of the new solid waste system. In this regard, the Minister of State for Military Production explained that the waste-to-energy project and moving to clean energy is one of the measures that contribute to preserving the environment and adapting to climate changes, in addition to the health benefits it brings to citizens, as well as its economic benefits to the state.

Minister Eng. Mohamed Salah explained that this important project is taking place within the framework of the protocol signed between the Ministries of Military Production, Local Development, and Environment, and the Giza Governorate for cooperation and coordination regarding the allocation of a plot of land in the Abu Rawash area in the Giza Governorate for the benefit of the project, which aims to convert waste into energy with a capacity of 1.200 tons/day to produce electricity estimated at 30 megawatts/hour, indicating that all parties are currently seeking to activate cooperation and implement this project as soon as possible. Renergy Group Partners will design, build, own and operate the project. The National Organization of Military Product (Ministry of Military Production) is part of the Renegy Group Partners LLC coalition with Green Tech Egypt and other partners.

Dr Yasmine Fouad, Minister of Environment, appreciated the fruitful and serious cooperation between the two ministries in many joint files, emphasizing the importance of integration between institutions of different government bodies, as all are partners in one team that seeks to achieve comprehensive development. The Minister of the Environment reviewed the work done in numerous joint work files between the two ministries, including the supply of stations and monitoring devices for the national network for monitoring air pollutants of the ministry, explaining the steps which were taken in this regard by the Ministry of Military Production. Noting that the Ministry of Environment’s plan is intended to increase the number of these stations annually, explaining the importance of these stations, monitoring air quality and predicting pollutants, to improve air quality, environmental and health status by providing correct monitoring data for decision makers to take action necessary.

The Minister of Environment also reviewed with the Minister of Military Production some files, including the media advisor to the Minister of State for Military Production and the official spokesperson for the ministry, Mr Mohamed Eid Bakr, stated that this meeting comes within the framework of the work strategy of the Ministry of Military Production, which is cooperation with all institutions in the country to implement national projects whose main objective is to meet the needs of citizens, and Bakr indicated that it was agreed upon at the end of the meeting to form a working group from both sides to follow up on developments of joint cooperation. The meeting was attended by Eng. Emel Helmy Elias Awad, Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of the National Authority for Military Production and Managing Director, Eng. Mohamed Sherine Shehata, Supervisor of the Central Administration of the Minister’s Office, Eng. Rafik Rizk, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Armored Vehicles Production and Repair Factory, and Eng. Mounir Helal, Head of the Technical Follow-up Sector of the Authority.