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Namibia

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Exporting Green Hydrogen

With its abundant, world-class renewable energy resources and increasing demand for green hydrogen worldwide, Namibia is quickly emerging as an early entrant in this new market and has ambitions of becoming the leading exporter of Green Hydrogen in Africa. 

 

The development of complementary engines of growth through the accumulation of new productive capacities and know-how in strategic sectors is vital to ensure the growing complexity of Namibia’s economy. Moreover, the development of such engines is necessary to cushion the Namibian economy from unusual and external risk factors. A preliminary analysis by the World Bank of the green hydrogen market and levelized cost of hydrogen (LCOH) shows that Namibia could produce highly competitive green ammonia.

Germany and Namibia: Partnership for Green H2

25th August 2021 - Germany and Namibia form partnership for green hydrogen

Federal Research Minister Karliczek and Director General Kandjoze of the National Planning Commission sign Joint Communiqué of Intent to establish a German-Namibian hydrogen partnership Germany’s Federal Research Minister Anja Karliczek and Director General Obeth M. Kandjoze of Namibia’s National Planning Commission agreed to establish a hydrogen partnership between Germany and Namibia and signed a Joint Communiqué of Intent (JCoI) in Windhoek and Berlin today. 

 

Remarking on Namibia’s and Germany’s cooperation in the field of green hydrogen technology, Federal Research Minister Anja Karliczek said:

“The global race for the best hydrogen technologies and the best sites for hydrogen production is already on. We believe that Namibia has an excellent chance of succeeding in this competition. We want to take this chance together. I am proud that Germany is the first country to officially form a hydrogen partnership with Namibia. The Federal Research Ministry will provide up to 40 million euros in funding from the economic stimulus package for cooperation within the framework of this partnership ..."

Read the full press BMBF release HERE.

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Southern Corridor Development Initiative (SCDI)

The Namibian Government launched an RFP for the development of Green Hydrogen industries across the country. This document highlights the key considerations for the first site (SCDI) in the South of Namibia. Given the infancy of the market, potential bidders are encouraged to support the Government with preliminary views and comments on the proposed approach to manage the RFP and subsequent industry development.

The SCDI shall include a portfolio of complimentary projects and infrastructure that maximizes the opportunity presented by green hydrogen and ammonia for the country, including:

  • A green hydrogen and ammonia plant with Wind, Solar, Electrolysis and desalination assets)

  • A new deep-water port in Luderitz

  • A wind blade manufacturing plant

  • A green steel plant and fertilizer plant

  • Ammonia supply to the green scheme near Neckartal dam

  • Transmission Assets


Enquiries/Responses: Francois Van Schalkwyk
Email: scdi.greenhydrogen@nipdb.com

For the SCDI document click HERE.

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For more information please see the Greeen Hydrogen | Nambia report or contact the Namibia Investment and Development Board (NIPDB) directly.

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June 2021 - James Mnyupe in Europe

The Namibian Government is keen to develop international partnerships and strategic collaborations with public and private stakeholders from all over the world in order to promote the growth of competitive and sustainable green hydrogen value chains in Namibia. James Mnyupe, Economic Advisor to President Hage Geingob, recently visited a number of countries during a European green hydrogen fact-finding and marketing mission in order to engage potential partners and investors and promote Namibia as an ideal location for green hydrogen projects.  

While in Antwerp, Belgium, James Mnyupe joined personalities such as Frans Timmermans, Vice-President of the European Commission, and Alexander De Croo, Prime Minister of Belgium, at CMB Tech’s opening of the world’s first multimodal hydrogen refuelling station which will be used to power ships, tube trailers, buses and cars. 

Green hydrogen will play an instrumental role in helping the world to de-carbonise industries and transition to clean and circular economies. Through the production of green hydrogen and its derivative fuels, Namibia will not only reduce its own greenhouse gas emissions but also be ideally positioned to assist other countries to achieve carbon neutrality by participating in international green hydrogen import chains. 

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