Client: HYPHEN Hydrogen Energy (Pty) Ltd
Hyphen - Environmental and Social Screening Study for the Proposed Green Hydrogen Export Project
In November 2021, the Namibian government issued a notice of award stating its intention to appoint HYPHEN Hydrogen Energy (Pty) Ltd (Hyphen) as the preferred bidder to develop the country’s first large-scale export focussed green hydrogen (H2) project (the ‘Project’). The agreement grants Hyphen the right to operate the Project for 40 years with operations set to begin in 2026.
The proposed green H2 export Project, worth an estimated US$ 9.4 billion, will consist of 5 to 7 gigawatts (GW) of wind and solar renewable energy facilities, as well as support infrastructure comprising a desalination plant, an electrolyser, pipelines, powerlines, battery storage, access roads, ammonia synthesis, port facilities, and an overall increase in economic and development activities in the Lüderitz area. The generation infrastructure for the proposed Project will be in two concession areas (namely Springbok and Dolphin) in the Tsau //Khaeb National Park (TKNP) with linear infrastructure linking the generation site to the marine export facilities close to the Port of Lüderitz.
To demonstrate the above, Hyphen agreed to undertake an Environmental and Social Screening Study to investigate possible viable alternative locations for the Project, and to de-risk the Project from an environmental and social perspective; thus, maximising the potential for funding from EPFI’s and facilitating the buy-in from stakeholders in Namibia.
A Background Information Document (BID), which provides preliminary project information, the environmental and social process and outcomes of this process is attached for review and initial comment. To register and provide comment complete the online form included here.