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The UK Department for International Trade (DIT) and the Scottish Development International (SDI) have organised the first virtual energy event to explore business opportunities for UK-Scottish companies in Egypt’s transition to net zero

This is in line with the UK’s endeavour to support Egypt in its energy reform programme.

Egypt is the largest non-OPEC oil producer in Africa, as well as the continent’s second largest natural gas producer. With Egypt currently implementing the Petroleum Sector’s Modernisation Project, aiming at a sustainable development of the petroleum sector, UK companies are keen to get involved in the many business opportunities presented.

More than 100 attendees joined the webinar, among them the British Ambassador to Egypt, Sir Geoffrey Adams, who delivered an opening speech and a country economic and security briefing. Egypt’s Undersecretary of the Ministry of Petroleum’s Technical Office, Osama Mobarez, also attended the event and gave an overview of Egypt’s energy priorities. In addition, the CEO of the Egyptian General Petroleum Corporation, Abed Ezz El Regal, participated and highlighted the important opportunities in Egypt’s oil and gas project pipeline.

The British Egyptian Business Association, the Egyptian British Chamber of Commerce and the Aberdeen and Grampian Chamber of Commerce have all promoted the event to their members alongside the Department for International Trade and Scottish Development International. The event demonstrated the level of enthusiasm amongst the participants from both the UK and Egypt to trigger a new era in Energy Transition.

Undersecretary, Minister’s Technical Office, Ministry of Petroleum & Mineral Resources, Osama Mobarez said, “Egypt and the UK enjoy longstanding ties with special strategic partnerships in the oil and gas sector. The Egyptian Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources has adopted several reforms and policies to ensure energy security, financial stability and enhance the investment environment to avail more opportunities. These reforms have resulted in several successes providing more opportunities to our partners and driving further achievements.”

SDI’s regional manager for Africa and Middle East Andrew Monaghan stated, “The global energy industry is undergoing a massive transformation, from fossil fuels to renewables, and the UK is at the forefront of that transformation, as the recently released report by Aberdeen-based oil and gas Technology Centre on UK’s journey toward a net-zero energy future excellently portrays. It is a journey we invite our Egyptian partners to take with us.”