Namibia’s Lüderitz town has been announced as the hub of the country’s proposed Green Hydrogen project that will produce around 300 000 tonnes of green hydrogen per year. The port town has previously benefited from diamonds and fishing booms, but now struggles with high rates of unemployment and aging infrastructure.
Town Council Member Philip Balhoa, said he hopes that the project will train and employ local people, bringing down the town’s 55% unemployment rate.
” For a town that’s really been struggling economically over the past 10 or 15, maybe longer, years, this is something that people are really very excited about,” he said.
The preferred bidder, Hyphen Hydrogen Energy, is set to start production in 2026 and will have the rights to the project for 40 years, once the necessary feasibility processes are concluded. The firm said the four years of construction are likely to create 15,000 direct jobs and 3,000 more during full operations – and that 90% of them will be filled by locals.
The Namibian government’s Presidential Economic advisor and Hydrogen Commissioner James Mnyupe explained that Lüderitz’s location is ideal, because of the extensive solar and wind resources and the proximity to the ocean, both as a water source and a port.
“The president was very keen to craft an economic recovery plan that is responsive, globally relevant, and systemic in nature,” Mr. Mnyupe said.
This forms part of a much bigger development fueled by green hydrogen that the government hopes to find funding for, expanding into agriculture, logistics and energy.
Source: BBC Africa