The $10bn Namibian hydrogen megaproject with Hyphen Hydrogen Energy announced progress at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, last week.
Following planning and pre-feasibility work by the Namibian Government and Hyphen, the project’s construction is planned to begin in January 2025, seeing the start of the road to cutting five-to-six million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions annually.
The ambitious time-scale plans will see the commissioning of the first phase of the project by the end of 2026, with an estimated 300,000 tonnes of green hydrogen production per year once at full capacity.
H2 view understands a master planning process, set to focus on the accommodation of the green hydrogen industry by the Namibian Ports Authority (Namport), is due to commence shortly.
Marco Raffinetti, CEO of Hyphen Hydrogen Energy, said, “Namibia has the potential to become a global renewable energy powerhouse.
“It has a unique endowment of renewable resources and vast land area and is supported by strong leadership from Government with clear policy direction and relentless drive to see this vision successfully implemented.
“The first project to be developed by Hyphen will act as the catalyst for the rapid scalability of Namibia’s hydrogen industry and will drive economic growth and job creation. The Hyphen project will provide real opportunities for Namibia and its people, creating thousands of jobs, 90 per cent of which are expected to be filled by Namibians.
“As the first project, Hyphen is working closely with the Government of Namibia to support them in establishing the foundation for Namibia’s green hydrogen industry.”
The Tsau/Khaeb National Park Southern Corridor Development Initiative (SCDI), Hydrogen project, was announced by the Namibian Government in 2021, as part of its national growth and economic recovery plan.
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Tom Alweendo, Minister for Mines and Energy of Namibia, commented, “As the world moves towards net-zero emission by 2050, Namibia’s vast natural renewable energy resources offer is a unique opportunity to generate the energy of the future – green hydrogen.
“Our collaboration with Hyphen thus far has proven that better outcomes are guaranteed when partners work for a common vision. For us the time for planning is over and it is now time to implement.
“We now have a clear shot at being a front runner as a continental green hydrogen production hub.”
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