RWE’s Brunsbüttel terminal could receive ammonia from Namibia

RWE and Hyphen Hydrogen Energy have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that could see RWE offtake up to 300,000 tons of green ammonia per year from Namibia.

Courtesy of RWE

Hyphen was appointed the preferred bidder by the Namibian government to develop the first green hydrogen project in Namibia for export.

By 2027 the project aims to annually produce 1 million tons of green ammonia – a hydrogen derivative that is particularly suitable for transport by ship. German renewable energy project developer Enertrag is a joint venture partner of Hyphen.

On the other hand, RWE is committed to developing a globally diversified portfolio of long-term offtake agreements for green hydrogen and its derivatives, such as ammonia.

In this context, RWE announced in March its plan to build a terminal for green ammonia in Brunsbüttel, Germany, by 2026. This terminal could serve as one port of destination for Namibian ammonia.

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Marco Raffinetti, CEO of Hyphen Hydrogen Energy, said: “We are delighted to reach this agreement with RWE. This milestone underpins our ambitious targets to export green hydrogen globally from Namibia.

“By establishing strong connections with policymakers and off-takers 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.”

Ulf Kerstin, Chief Commercial Officer of RWE Supply & Trading, added: “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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