Bagamoyo (Tanzania), Wednesday, 6 July 2022
The African Hydrogen Partnership (AHP) delegation met regional and local dignitaries as well as stakeholders in Bagamoyo to discuss green hydrogen related business opportunities for Bagamoyo and the “Tanzanian Green Hydrogen Triangle” (Bagamoyo, Zanzibar, Dar es Salaam).
An AHP delegation visited Bagamoyo and Bagamoyo Sugar’s sugarcane plantation on Wednesday, 6th July 2022. After a warm welcome by the Honourable District Commissioner Zainab Abdallah, the Honourable Member of Parliament Muarami Shabani Mkenge, the District Executive Director Shauri Selenda and local and regional dignitaries, the members of the AHP delegation had very productive discussions at the Bagamoyo sugarcane plantation.
Managers of the plantation and the AHP delegation discussed green hydrogen as fuel for decarbonizing the fleet of heavy duty and heavy load vehicles, production facilities for green fertiliser, waste-to-(hydrogen)power and related topics. The delegation members were impressed by the cutting-edge agricultural technologies utilised in the plantation and the quality of the plantation’s infrastructure.
In the afternoon the AHP delegation members emphasised that Bagamoyo could become a leading hydrogen centre due to Tanzania’s potential for producing low-cost green hydrogen combined with Bagamoyo’s economically favourable geographical location and its close proximity to Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar. Presentations by members of the AHP delegation focused on a commercially competitive baseload renewable power plant (using hydrogen for managing the intermittent character of renewables), waste-treatment facilities which could serve a broader region and the use of green hydrogen and ammonia for the maritime and shipping sector, which could be the first commercial drivers for developing a Bagamoyo Hydrogen Ecosystem. A close, green hydrogen related, cooperation between Dar es Salaam, Zanzibar and Bagamoyo for developing a “Tanzanian Green Hydrogen Triangle” would allow expedited developments, reduce costs and attract significant attention from industries, investors, academia and, last but not least, green hydrogen tourists.
Members of the AHP delegation were very interested in taking these concepts forward in Bagamoyo and would like to move to the next stage.
The AHP delegation emphasised the importance of local support and suggested establishing a Central Regional Hydrogen Coordination Group for developing a hydrogen strategy and roadmap as well as economic and commercial development plans.
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