German government backs Enertrag’s mega green hydrogen project in Namibia

  • The German government presented a Letter of Intent (LOI) to ENERTRAG SE, confirming the suitability of Hyphen’s project in Namibia to be considered for final approval to be designated as a “strategic foreign project”.
  • Granted by the German Government, this status is reserved for high-priority global projects of strategic interest to Germany.
  • At full scale development, the project will produce 2 million tonnes of green ammonia annually before the end of the decade for regional and global markets, from 7GW of renewable generation capacity and 3GW of electrolyser capacity, cutting 5-6 million tonnes (annually) of CO2 emissions, with Namibia’s annual 2021 emissions totalling 4.01 million tonnes.

Hyphen Hydrogen Energy Ltd is a Namibian registered green hydrogen development company, specifically formed to develop green hydrogen projects in Namibia for international, regional and domestic supply.  Hyphen is a joint venture between Nicholas Holdings Limited and ENERTRAG SE. They recently announced the signing of a partnership agreement with ILF Consulting Engineers (ILF), a leading independent international engineering and consulting firm, to support the delivery of its ground-breaking green hydrogen project in Namibia.

“Hyphen’s Project is the first building block in realizing Namibia’s ambitions to incubate a thriving synthetic fuels industry,” said Namibian Minister of Mines and Energy Tom Alweendo. “This letter of intent from the German government is a strong signal, which further emboldens our collective efforts to deepen and diversify our trade relations.”

Dr Tobias Bischof-Niemz,designated Board Member for International Projects & Technology at ENERTRAG, said: “The Hyphen project not only contributes to the energy transition, but is also an important testimony to international cooperation in the field of building new energy-trade-partnerships on the basis of a shared understanding of democracy. We are very pleased with the trust that the German government has placed in us with this letter of support.”

Author: Bryan Groenendaal

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