By Staff Reporter
The National Green Hydrogen is set to host series of roadshows around the country, this is in conjunction with the Government of the Republic of Namibia (GRN) and Hydrogen Energy (Hyphen).
The roadshow, which will run from August until November 2023, will see members of GRN and Hyphen, engage with various stakeholders across Namibia to share information on the Hyphen project and the Socio-economic Development (SED) Framework recently launched at an event in the //Kharas regional capital of Keetmanshoop.
The roadshow is set to commence in the Khomas region on Tuesday 22 August 2023, and will subsequently tour major towns spanning all fourteen (14) regions nationwide.
The Hyphen project is being developed as the first step in the implementation of GRN’s strategy to establish a large-scale green hydrogen industry in Namibia to support economic growth in the country with a total investment of US$10 billion – roughly the equivalent of Namibia’s annual GDP.
It is estimated that the project will create up to 15,000 new jobs during the construction phase and 3,000 permanent jobs during its operation, with a target for around 90% of these jobs to be filled by Namibians. Hyphen is targeting 30% local procurement for goods, services and materials throughout both the construction and operational phases.
According to Toni Beukes, Head of ESG at Hyphen explained that “We are looking forward to engaging with different stakeholders to explain more about the project and share information about how the SED Framework can benefit Namibians. We’re keen to understand more about what our stakeholders would like to know, speak about any concerns they may have and have an open and transparent conversation about the project, our timelines and goals.”
The roadshow meetings will be led by the Hon. Obeth Mbui Kandjoze, the Director General of the National Planning Commission and Chairperson of the Green Hydrogen Council, and hosted by each of the regional Governors, Chairpersons and their respective Constituency Councillors, with presentations from Hyphen.
Hyphen’s project is one of the largest green hydrogen projects globally, and will supply and contribute to the decarbonisation of Namibia’s energy systems, as well as export green ammonia to international markets. Hyphen is targeting annual production of one million tonnes of green ammonia by 2027, with plans to increase annual production to two million tonnes by 2029, cutting 5-6 million tonnes in CO2 emissions every year. Operating at full scale, Hyphen’s project could produce 350,000 tonnes of green hydrogen annually.
The dates for the national roadshow are as follows:
CLUSTER A (KHOMAS)
Tues, 22 Aug 23 09h00-12h00 John Pandeni & Samora Machel Constituency Hall, Cnr of Abraham Mashengo Street and Independence Avenue, Luxury Hill, Katutura
14h00 -17h00 Tobias Hainyeko & Moses Garoëb Constituencies
Venue: Moses Garoëb Constituency Office, 970 Outapi Street, Havana, Katutura
Wed,23 Aug 23 09h00 – 12h00 Katutura Central & East Constituencies
Venue: Katutura Community Hall, I Wilibald Kapuenene Street, Katutura
14h00-17h00 Khomasdal & Windhoek West Constituencies
Venue: Kovambo Nuyoma Community Hall, Khomas Regional Council, Pullman Street, 16 Windhoek West opposite Rhino Park
Thurs, 24 Aug 23 09h00-12h00 Windhoek East Constituency
Venue: Dagbreek School, John Ludwig and Hebenstreit Street, Windhoek
The venues for the following regions will be communicated in due course:
CLUSTER B (HARDAP & //KHARAS)
Mon, 04 Sept 23 10h00-13h00 Rehoboth
Tues, 05 Sept 23 10h00-13h00 Mariental
Wed, 06 Sept 23 10h00-13h00 Keetmanshoop
Thurs, 07 Sept 23 10h00-13000 Lüderitz
CLUSTER C (ZAMBEZI, KAVANGO EAST & WEST)
Mon, 18 Sept 23 10h00-13h00 Katima Mulilo
Tues, 19 Sept 23 10h00-13h00 Rundu, Kavango East
Wed, 20 Sept 23 10h00-13h00 Kurenkuru, Kavango West
CLUSTER D (OHANGWENA, OMUSATI, OSHANA & OSHIKOTO)
Mon, 02 Oct 23 10h00-13h00 Eenhana
Tues, 03 Oct 23 10h00-13h00 Outapi
Wed, 04 Oct 23 10h00-13h00 Oshakati
Thurs, 05 Oct 23 10h00-13h00 Omuthiya
CLUSTER E (KUNENE & OTJOZONDJUPA)
Mon, 16 Oct 23 10h00-13h00 Opuwo
Tues, 17 Oct 23 10h00-13h00 Khorixas
Wed, 18 Oct 23 10h00-13h00 Grootfontein
Thurs, 19 Oct 23 10h00-13h00 Otjiwarongo
CLUSTER F (OMAHEKE & ERONGO)
Mon, 30 Oct 23 10h00-13h00 Otjinene
Tues, 31 Oct 23 10h00-13h00 Gobabis
Wed, 01 Nov 23 10h00-13h00 Karibib
Thurs, 02 Nov 23 10h00-13h00 Walvis Bay