South Africa is looking forward to adding green hydrogen energy to its energy production mix with the construction of the Boegoebaai hydrogen power project in the Northern Cape’s special economic zone. According to President Cyril Ramaphosa, the country is well-positioned to become a major provider of green hydrogen. “This project is a significant step towards realising the country’s potential as a worldwide leader in green hydrogen and associated goods such as power fuels,” he said.
He further emphasised that green energy is one of the new frontiers of infrastructure development. The president was speaking at the second Sustainable Infrastructure Development Symposium, which took place as a hybrid event in Sandton. He added that green energy has the capacity to accelerate industrialisation and usher in a new industrial reality.
President Ramaphosa also added that South Africa’s ability to use relatively low-cost renewable electricity to produce green hydrogen and derivatives, is becoming increasingly important in decarbonising the so-called “hard-to-abate” sectors and products such as marine and long-distance land transportation fuels, steel, etc chemicals, fertilisers, and sustainable aviation fuels.
Boegoebaai hydrogen power project
Green hydrogen is created in an electrolyser by utilising renewable energy to split water into hydrogen and oxygen. “It was wonderful, two days ago, when I sat down with President Hage Geingob, of Namibia, and we started talking about this type of project and how this project, in Boegoebaai, is going to bring the two countries together. To get both countries to approach this type of project on a joint basis so that we work together with developing a project that is going to have enormous industrial benefits for both South Africa and Namibia is huge,” he said.
The Southern Corridor Development Initiative in Namibia, which focuses on hydrogen, has already started implementing Boegoebaai hydrogen power project, with an expression of interest procedure completed and work underway to finalise the commencement of competitive bidding.