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Namibia bets on Africa’s green hydrogen with US$267M export harbour

Namibia bets on Africa’s green hydrogen with US$267M export harbour

NAMIBIA is gearing up its logistics infrastructure to handle future shipments of green hydrogen, with a planned US$267 million hydrogen harbour at the port of Walvis Bay, according to the country's port authority, Namport. Port of Antwerp Bruges will build the facility over the next three years, billed as a hub for shipping hydrogen and its byproducts to energy-hungry markets in Europe. These regions are actively seeking to reduce carbon emissions and are looking towards innovative solutions like green hydrogen, which cannot be achieved through electrification alone. The Namibian Ports Authority (Namport) and Port of Antwerp will equally own the…
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Australia’s Fortescue partners with OCP Group for green energy development in Morocco

Australia’s Fortescue partners with OCP Group for green energy development in Morocco

 AUSTRALIA'S Fortescue said that it would form a joint venture with OCP Group to supply green hydrogen, ammonia and fertilizers to Morocco, Europe and international markets, as the iron ore miner looks to transform itself into a green energy superpower with a global footprint. Fortescue's equal partnership with the Moroccan fertilizer producer includes the potential development of manufacturing facilities and a research and development hub in Marrakesh. "The partners' objective is to supply green hydrogen and ammonia for use both as sources of green energy and in the manufacture of carbon-neutral and customized fertilizers," Fortescue said. The partners have also proposed…
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Special Economic Zones are propelling Africa’s green hydrogen drive

Special Economic Zones are propelling Africa’s green hydrogen drive

WHEN Egypt, a prominent player in green hydrogen development in Africa, recently announced seven new upcoming projects worth US$40 billion to be rolled out over the next decade, it noted that the projects would be positioned in one location: a special economic zone (SEZ). The new projects announced by Egypt's cabinet in February, together with ongoing developments not only in Egypt but around the continent, reaffirm Africa's place as a potential key supplier of green hydrogen, particularly to Europe. A 2023 report from the European Investment Bank predicts Africa could produce over 50 million tons of green hydrogen annually by…
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Scholz pledges greater investment in Africa’s green energy sector

Scholz pledges greater investment in Africa’s green energy sector

GERMANY will invest 4 billion euros in green energy projects in Africa until 2030, Chancellor Olaf Scholz said, noting these could in turn help Europe's largest economy achieve its own transition to carbon neutrality. Germany will need to import large quantities of green hydrogen going forward, including from Africa if it is to achieve its goal of net zero emissions by 2045, he said at a German-African business forum in Berlin. The forum preceded a summit of the "G20 Compact with Africa" that aims to drum up investment in the world's poorest but fast-growing continent by coordinating the development agendas…
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Namibia starts construction of Africa’s first decarbonised iron plant

Namibia starts construction of Africa’s first decarbonised iron plant

NAMIBIA began construction of Africa's first decarbonised iron plant, to be powered exclusively by green hydrogen, the country's investment promotion body said. Steelmaking is one of the most polluting industries in the world and the industry is seeking to shift away from coal-fired plants and towards the use of decarbonised iron. The Oshivela project in western Namibia is backed by the German federal government, which has injected 13 million euros, and will use renewable energy to generate 15,000 tonnes of iron per year with no carbon emissions, the Namibia Investment Promotion and Development Board (NIPDB) said in a statement. Namibia…
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Namibia races ahead with Green Hydrogen

Namibia races ahead with Green Hydrogen

NAMIBIA has begun construction works on what could potentially be Africa's inaugural public green hydrogen refuelling station at Walvis Bay, along the western coast of Namibia. In a statement released at the end of September, the company behind the venture said the station would provide fuel for commercial vehicles. The station would "cater specifically to trucks and heavy-duty applications, marking a significant step towards bolstering the green hydrogen infrastructure," the statement from Cleanergy Solutions Namibia, a joint venture of Ohlthaver & List (O&L) Group and CMB.TECH, said. The station includes a 10-hectare solar park complemented by a hydrogen production facility…
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Europe eyes Africa as ‘future source of cheap green hydrogen’

Europe eyes Africa as ‘future source of cheap green hydrogen’

CONRAD ONYANGO, BIRD STORY AGENCY AFTER Russia's invasion of Ukraine in March 2022 set off a rush for gas resources worldwide, Europe picked Africa as an alternative supply market for natural gas, European energy ministers and other political leaders toured North African countries and gas initiatives in both East and West Africa received renewed support. Now, Europe is setting its sight on Africa’s yet-to-be-developed green hydrogen industry, in what appears to be an early race to build up clean energy resources, part of a major, continued transition away from fossil fuels. European Union and individual countries and companies have begun…
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Mauritania’s $34-billion hydrogen gas deal

Mauritania’s $34-billion hydrogen gas deal

GERMAN project developer Conjuncta said it signed a memorandum of understanding with Mauritania, Egypt's energy provider Infinity and the United Arab Emirates Masdar for a $34 billion green hydrogen project in the West African country. The project will have a production capacity of up to 8 million tonnes of green hydrogen or other hydrogen-based end products annually, with an electrolyser capacity of up to 10 gigawatts, the company said in a joint statement with the firms involved and the Mauritanian government. "(This project) will have a strong link to Germany both as a technology provider and a potential offtake of…
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