ABOUT €30 million, which is equivalent to N$499 million, has been allocated for the development of four Erongo-based Green Hydrogen pilot projects to assist with the necessary infrastructure development.
This was announced by the Presidential Economic Advisor and Green Hydrogen Commissioner, James Mnyupe, at the Green Hydrogen Conference on Monday. He added that the €30 million is part of the €40 million that was unlocked after the Namibian government signed a joint Communication of Intent with the German government last year.
One of the beneficiary pilot projects is known as the Daure Agriculture Project, which aims for the sustainable production of Green Hydrogen and Ammonia. In line with this, the project intends to use integrated application technology for the utilisation of Green Hydrogen in agriculture, ammonia nitrate and cleaning detergents.
Dubbing this the “underdog project”, Mnyupe said that the project focuses mainly on agriculture, which, he emphasised, is important as the agriculture sector is one of the most important employers in the country.
The second beneficiary is a Walvis Bay based Port Applications project. Mnyupe said that this project essentially aims to decarbonise the various port facilities at Namport, including a tugboat and other assets. According to Mnyupe, this is the first project of its kind in Africa, which he said is one of the reasons that it stood out.
The third pilot project is a Hydrogen Production Plant and Refuelling Station, which is also based in Walvis Bay. This project seeks to test technology and to develop offtake applications within the transport and mining sectors as well as in port activities.
The final beneficiary is TransNamib’s Diesel Dual Fuel Locomotive Project, which will use dual-fuelled hydrogen trains in a round trip from Walvis Bay to Kranzberg. The project will make use of two locomotives that will be converted in different ways to use hydrogen as a co-fuel.
Mnyupe pointed out that all of these pilot projects focus on the decarbonisation of the transport sector, which, he added, is one of the key sectors that President Hage Geingob (and the rest of the world) agreed to decarbonise at the United Nations’ (UN) Climate Change Conference 2021 (COP27).
“Transport comes out quite strongly (in these projects), but we’ve also covered agriculture and, of course, we’ve covered hydrogen and we’ve covered power as well,” he added.