Source: Windhoek Observer

The 85 MW green hydrogen energy project by HDF Energy Namibia near Swakopmund has been given Environmental Clearance Certificate by the Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Tourism, the company announced this week.

“Notice is hereby given that on 22 January 2024, the Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Tourism: Directorate of Environmental Affairs granted an Environmental Clearance Certificate for the project in terms of the Environmental Management Act (No. 7 of 2007) and the Environmental Impact Assessment Regulations 2012. This provides HDF Energy Namibia with authorisation to develop and operate the Renewstable Swakopmund Project, east of the town of Swakopmund,” the company said.

HDF Energy, is a French major independent power producer specialising in mass storage of electricity and non-intermittent renewable energy generation, is pleased to announce its launch into the Southern African market.

HDF is developing several other multimillion euro projects of this kind in various areas of the world (Indonesia, Mexico, Australia and Barbados) and in Africa in particular: Morocco, South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe.

HDF believes it can positively contribute to the energy sector and the Namibia’s efforts to increase local generation from 624 MW (2020) to 879 MW by 2025 share of energy from renewable sources in the national energy mix by 2025 as per the Harambee Prosperity Plan II. HDF Energy Namibia was established in 2021.

HDF Energy expects the green hydrogen power plant to start producing electricity by 2024. The company will invest N$3.1 billion on the project.

The project will see 85 megawatts (MW) of solar panels powering electrolyzers to produce hydrogen that can be stored.

The proposed hydrogen to power project is expected to include, in terms of transmission and storage, the construction of facilities for the generation of electricity, the transmission and supply of electricity refining of gas, oil and petroleum products and nuclear reaction, including production, enrichments, processing, preprocessing, storage or disposal of nuclear fuels, radioactive products and waste.

The infrastructure to be constructed will include oil, gas and petrochemical and other bulk supply pipelines.

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