Namibian president inaugurates wind measurement programme at mega green hydrogen project

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  • Hyphen Hydrogen Energy (Hyphen) was honoured to host His Excellency Dr Nangolo Mbumba, President of the Republic of Namibia, during his four-day visit to the Hardap and //Kharas region. 

His Excellency inaugurated the commencement of Hyphen’s meteorological measurement campaign at a ribbon cutting ceremony at one of the 10 new meteorological masts (MetMasts) erected by Hyphen and visited the site of the future ammonia production and export facilities, ushering in the next phase of the project’s development.

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President Mbumba’s visit to Hyphen’s project not only underscores its importance for the Southern region and Namibia but also highlights its unique position as sub-Saharan Africa’s largest, most advanced and only fully vertically integrated green hydrogen project. His Excellency’s attendance demonstrates the importance of the Hyphen project to Namibia and the transformative impact it will have on Namibia’s economy and citizens.

President Mbumba stated during his visit; “Namibia has made great strides to become the frontrunner in green hydrogen and ammonia production. The inauguration of Hyphen’s MetMasts signifies the next and essential phase to develop this Green Hydrogen project for and in Namibia.”

A total of 10 new MetMasts, packed with sensor and data collection equipment, have been deployed, in addition to the refitting with new measuring equipment of an existing MetMast acquired by Hyphen from NamPower. These 11 MetMasts, established at a cost of approximately EUR2 million, which are 120 meters tall, collect data, enabling Hyphen to precisely model the energy yield of the wind and solar resources to enable the optimised design of the project.

Marco Raffinetti, CEO of Hyphen, said, “We are appreciative of His Excellencies support for this transformative project and for honouring us today by officially launching our resource measurement campaign.  This is a very ambitious project as evidenced by the fact that we believe that this MetMast campaign is one of the largest single wind field measurement campaigns ever undertaken globally.”

Author: Bryan Groenendaal


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