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Hyphen forms engineering partnership with ILF for green hydrogen project in Namibia

by | Aug 21, 2023

A partnership agreement signed between Hyphen Hydrogen Energy (Hyphen) and ILF Consulting Engineers (ILF) will see the duo working together to deliver Hyphen’s green hydrogen project in Namibia’s Tsau/Khaeb National Park. Through the agreement, ILF will also provide procurement and contract advice.

Hyphen’s project is claimed to become one of the largest green hydrogen projects in the world, capable of supplying and decarbonizing Namibia’s energy systems. The project will also export green hydrogen to other markets.

By 2027, it is anticipated that the site will produce one million tons of green ammonia each year, a number which Hyphen plans to increase to two million tons by 2029, resulting in 5-6 million tons of CO2 emissions being eliminated every year. When fully operational, Hyphen estimates that the Namibian project could produce 350,000 tons of green hydrogen each year.

The project is being developed as the Government implements its strategy to establish a large-scale green hydrogen industry in various parts of the country to support economic growth following a U$10bn investment.

The project is expected to create up to 15,000 new jobs during construction and 3,000 permanent jobs once operational. Furthermore, Hyphen is targeting 30% local procurement for goods, services and materials during both phases.

“Our partnership with ILF marks an exciting step towards establishing Namibia as a world leader in the green hydrogen sector,” said Marco Raffinetti, CEO, Hyphen Hydrogen Energy. “ILF’s experience working on hydrogen projects across the world will be invaluable and will help Hyphen meet the project timelines and Namibia’s development objectives. This appointment, combined with our engagement with potential consortium partners, shows there is massive interest in Namibia from those looking to invest in one of the world’s lowest cost and most advanced large scale green hydrogen projects.”

“We are proud to be a part of this significant lighthouse project,” added Dr. Michel Kneller, director of hydrogen, ILF. “By providing our engineering and project management consultancy (PMC) services to this unique venture, we can contribute to the energy transition. Hydrogen plays a crucial role in transforming our energy system, and we are convinced it is key to a sustainable future.”

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