Namibia highlights hydrogen progress with refuelling station and production plant in Walvis Bay

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  • Cleanergy Solutions Namibia, a joint venture between CMB.TECH and the Ohlthaver & List (O&L) Group, has proudly hosted the Cleanergy Green Hydrogen progress showcase at the plant’s site in Walvis Bay, Namibia.
  • The milestone marked an important step in positioning Namibia as a frontrunner in the global green hydrogen economy.
  • Present at the event was His Majesty, the King of the Belgians and H.E. Dr Nangolo Mbumba, President of the Republic of Namibia.

The event aimed to showcase the progress of the Cleanergy Green Hydrogen site. A highlight of the site visit was the ceremonial first filling of a dual-fuel truck at the hydrogen refuelling station which is expected to be fully operational in the fourth quarter of 2024.

The site includes a hydrogen refuelling station and a production plant. The facility uses only solar energy for the on-site production of green hydrogen and will be used for hydrogen-powered trucks, port equipment, railway applications and small ships. This strategic development not only addresses urgent infrastructure needs but also strengthens the link between green molecules and maritime activities, reinforcing the importance of the Port of Walvis Bay.

First hydrogen-powered vessel in Africa

In addition, Cleanergy, together with CMB.TECH, Port of Antwerp Bruges and Namport, will launch the first hydrogen-powered ship in Africa. Building on the successful collaboration between CMB.TECH and Port of Antwerp Bruges, as demonstrated by the launch of the Hydrotug and the world’s first multimodal hydrogen refuelling station in the port of Antwerp, the focus now shifts to the development of a Multifunctional Port Utility Vessel (MPHUV) powered by dual-fuel hydrogen engines. The MPHUV’s versatile design will enable the integration of different equipment needed for a range of port operations, significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions during operations.

Given the ability of ports to act as hubs for hydrogen technology implementation and efforts to reduce carbon emissions, the Port of Walvis Bay and Namport emerge as an ideal partner to operate Africa’s first hydrogen vessel. The port’s involvement will provide invaluable insights into the vessel’s specifications during development and refine the concept based on operational experience and feedback from users once it is commissioned.

Hydrogen Academy

A key element of the Cleanergy Green Hydrogen site is knowledge exchange, exemplified by the establishment of the Hydrogen Academy on-site. The Cleanergy Solutions team, suppliers, customers, as well as Namibian and European universities and institutes, will jointly upskill Namibians on hydrogen and its diverse economic potentials. The aim is to transform the Hydrogen Academy into a premier hub of hydrogen expertise in Namibia.

Hydrogen and ammonia production

The hydrogen production plant is the first phase of a 5-year plan with several projects at different locations, including ammonia bunkering, pipelines and large-scale hydrogen and ammonia production.

Author: Bryan Groenendaal


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