Germany’s RWE Inks Agreement to Import Green Ammonia from Namibia

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German utility company RWE has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Hyphen Hydrogen Energy to become the Namibian company’s preferred buyer of green ammonia for export to meet growing energy demand in Europe.

Hyphen Hydrogen Energy, in partnership with German energy firm Enertrag, is developing Namibia’s first green hydrogen project which will produce up to 1.7 million tons of green ammonia by 2027.

Meanwhile RWE is also constructing a green ammonia receiving port terminal in Brunsbuttel through 2026 which could serve as one port of destination for Namibian ammonia, according to a statement.

The agreement was signed during German Economy Minister Robert Habeck’s five-day visit to Namibia and South Africa in search of green hydrogen deals to meet Germany’s energy needs.

“This milestone underpins our ambitious targets to export green hydrogen globally from Namibia. By establishing strong connections with policymakers and offtakers across Europe, we are working with the Government of Namibia to develop the industry which will spearhead southern Africa’s role in achieving regional and global decarbonisation goals,” Marco Raffinetti, CEO of Hyphen Hydrogen Energy, said.

Commenting on why RWE is seeking more energy deals in Africa, Ulf Kerstin, Chief Commercial Officer of RWE Supply & Trading, said: “Green molecules are the only way for many industries in Germany to achieve their climate targets. In the long term, Germany’s demand for them will have to be met mainly through imports. That’s why we’re looking forward to progressing the offtake discussions with Hyphen – to bring green ammonia from Namibia to Germany.”

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Nicholas Nhede

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Nicholas is an energy sector journalist with a passion on how technology and diversification of the energy mix can be used to address energy sector challenges. Nicholas holds a diploma in Journalism and Communication studies and has been covering energy-related topics including the Internet of Things, distributed energy and digitalisation since 2015.

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