Hive Hydrogen and Linde announce $4.6bn Green Ammonia Plant in South Africa

Hive Hydrogen, Built Africa and Linde’s South African subsidiary Afrox have announced the establishment of a 780,000 ton/year Green Ammonia Plant at the Coega Special Economic Zone alongside the Port of Ngqura in South Africa.

The $4.6bn project will be developed two phases and have its own dedicated power supply. The facility will use renewable energy to desalinate water, extract hydrogen and combine it with nitrogen to produce green ammonia. The water will be supplied by Cerebos, Africa’s largest salt products producer.

The ammonia will then be cooled, liquefied and stored for export before being dispatched by pipeline from the storage tanks onto ships at the port of Ngqura.

In doing so, the partners aim at meeting increasing global demand for ammonia, used by key industries such as agriculture, chemicals and mining but also as a maritime fuel and substitution fuel for coal.

The choice of the Coega SEZ as project site also supports South Africa’s industrialization strategy around the Ngqura deep-water port. In November this year, South Africa’s state-owned Central Energy Fund (CEF) issued a request for information (Rfi) for the development of an independently managed midstream LNG hub from the port.

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DP World and the Democratic Republic of the Congo sign final agreement to develop Banana Port

On Monday this week, DP World and the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have signed the Collaboration Agreement for the development of the Banana deep-sea port. The agreement was signed in the presence of President Tshisekedi and follows the sgning of a term sheet earlier this year with DP World. The project has been in the making since 2018 when the initial contract was signed. The Collaboration Agreement signed this week paves the way for a groundbreaking on the project within a year. “DP World will develop an initial 600-meter quay with an 18m draft, capable of handling the largest vessels in operation. It will have a container handling capacity of about 450 000 TEUs (20-foot equivalent units) per year, and a 30-hectare yard to store containers,” DP World said.

Lekela is studying the expansion of West Africa’s biggest wind farm

Lekela has announced the signature of a grant agreement with the United States International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) to fund a feasibility study for an extension of its Parc Eolien Taiba N’Diaye (PETN). The 158.8 MW wind farm started commercial operations in December 2019 and is West Africa’s biggest wind energy facility. “The feasibility study, which is expected to be completed within 15 months, will be jointly financed by Lekela and DFC. The study covers an area west of the existing wind farm and will consist of a wind measurement campaign, a network study, an environmental impact study and other on-site surveys,” Lekela said in a statement. In September 2020, Lekela had also been awarded a grant from the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) to fund a feasibility study in partnership with state-utility Senelec for Senegal’s first grid-scale battery electric storage system at PETN wind farm. The initial Taiba Ndiaye wind power project already benefited from strong government support and financial backing, especially from the U.S. Government, Denmark’s Export Credit Agency and the World Bank. This allowed its quick development, and commissioning in late 2019. More importantly, the facility has a base tariff equivalent to $0.11/kWh, hence contributing to the reduction of electricity generation costs in Senegal, where prices can go as high as $0.30/kWh. Details on the Taiba Ndiaye Wind Farm are available in the “Projects” section within your Hawilti+ research terminal.