Namibia moves to establish hydrogen industry with project roadshow

The Namibian government and Hyphen Hydrogen Energy have begun a three-month community engagement roadshow around new partnership agreements to progress the country’s $10 billion (€9.3 billion) Hyphen hydrogen project.

The Hyphen hydrogen project is to be located in the Tsau ||Khaeb (also known as Sperrgebiet) National Park (Image credit: imageBROKER/Oliver Gerhard via Getty Images)

The project in Tsau ||Khaeb National Park is the first step in the government’s strategy to develop a large-scale green hydrogen industry to take advantage of Namibia’s extensive wind resources.

Hyphen is targeting annual production of 1Mt of green ammonia by 2027, and to double that by 2029. 

In August, Hyphen signed a partnership agreement with ILF Consulting Engineers to provide project management services and technical expertise. It also signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Japan’s Itochu Corporation to explore areas for potential collaboration.

Shinya Ishizuka, chief executive of Itochu Africa Bloc, said his company would pursue this “collaborative development” of green ammonia in Namibia to create a wide range of ammonia value chains in various industrial applications and for future energy use. 

“[This] will support our clients and industries in achieving low carbonisation goals focusing on Japan, Asia and its surrounding markets,” he added.

The government of Namibia signed a feasibility and implementation agreement with Hyphen on 23 May that will govern the development, implementation and operation of the vertically integrated, green hydrogen project.

Hyphen has also signed MoUs with the Namibian Ports Authority, NamPower, the Port of Rotterdam, Gasunie and Invest International.

The Namibian government will hold a 24% equity interest in the Hyphen project through SDG Namibia One, a partnership of Namibia’s Environment Investment Fund and Dutch organisations Climate Fund Managers and Invest International.

The initial funding of €40 million is being provided as grant funding by Invest International.  The infrastructure fund will raise money from local institutional investors and global investors. 

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