HYPHEN wins Namibia’s $9.4 bn green hydrogen project

The Government of Namibia has issued last week a notice of award to HYPHEN Hydrogen Energy, the joint-venture of Nicholas Holdings Limited and ENERTRAG South Africa (Pty) Ltd, for the development of a $9.4bn hydrogen project.

It seeks to establish Namibia’s first large-scale vertically integrated green hydrogen project in the Tsau/Khaeb national park to produce 300,000 tonnes per year of hydrogen for regional and global markets, either in pure form or derivative such as green ammonia.

HYPHEN’s winning bid ensures the company has the right to construct and operate the project for 40 years.

Phase 1 is expected to start producing by 2026 at a cost of $4.4bn. It will include the installation of 2 GW of renewable energy generation capacity to produce green hydrogen for conversion into green ammonia

The second half of the decade should see subsequent phases be developed to increase renewable energy capacity to 5 GW and commission 3 GW of electrolyser capacity.

The project could create as many as 15,000 direct jobs during the four-year construction of both phases, with a further 3,000 jobs created during the operational phase, according to HYPHEN.

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Nigeria’s leading beverages manufacturer goes full on solar

Seven-Up Bottling Company, Nigeria’s manufacturer of soft drinks such as Pepsi, Mirinda, Seven Up, H2oh!, and Mountain Dew, has decided to switch to solar as a primary day-time source of energy over all its Nigerian factories. The company has signed a deal with Daystar Power to install 10.5 MW of solar power systems for five more factories in the country. Earlier this year, both companies already partnered for the design, operations and management of almost 1.5 MW of solar power systems over SBC’s bottling plants in Kaduna and Kano. The five additional factories will comprise those of Abuja, Lagos (Ikeja), Ibadan and Ilorin, all expected to be powered by solar over the next six months. By 2022, SBC will be Nigeria’s largest industrial manufacturer to use solar energy in its operations. Both companies have also announced being in discussions to roll out solar energy as the primary daytime power source for SBC’s remaining two sites in Nigeria.   According to Daystar Power, the solar power systems at the factories could provide over 50% of its total daytime power consumption depending on the installation size and amount of sunshine.

TotalEnergies launches the Batéké Carbon Sink Project in the Republic of Congo

On the occasion of the National Tree Planting Day in the Republic of the Congo, TotalEnergies has launched the “Batéké Carbon Sink” afforestation operations. This large-scale project, conducted in partnership with Forêt Ressources Management, consists of 40,000 hectares of planted forest on the Batéké Plateaux. Some 40 million trees will be planted in total over 10 years and cared for over 35 years. During the past eight months, local tree nurseries have already produced more than one million plants, which will be progressively planted from the next rainy season on the 800 hectares of land that have been prepared since last summer, the company said in a statement this morning. The 40,000 hectares planted will create a carbon sink that will sequester an average of 500,000 tons of CO2 per year over twenty years, equivalent to the annual CO2 emissions of an average European city of 70,000 inhabitants. The carbon credits will be certified in accordance with the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS).