Daures Green Village Pilot Project Nears Completion

The Daures Green Village Pilot Project is 80% complete and is on track to finish by July. This was confirmed by Jerome Namaseb, Chief Executive Officer of Daures Green Hydrogen Village.

The meeting was also attended by Chief Sagarias Seibeb, Chief of Daures Daman Traditional Authority, who invited the president to visit the Daures Constituency and witness the progress of the project.

President Mbumba expressed appreciation for what has been achieved by Daures Green Hydrogen Village and commended them for a job well done.

President Mbumba conveyed his appreciation for the accomplishments of the Daures Green Hydrogen Village

The Daures Green Hydrogen Village project intends to develop Africa’s first Green Hydrogen Village that profiles hydrogen use and interrogates the feasibility of the village on a semi-industrial scale.

The project will be executed in four phases, with the first two phases focusing on the proof of concept for the production of green hydrogen and ammonia. Phases three and four will focus on providing industrial-level production for local consumption and international export.

Phase One Nears Completion

Jerome Namaseb, the DGHV consortium CEO, said construction of phase one, which is expected to produce 18 tonnes of hydrogen, and 100 tonnes of green ammonia is 85% complete, and operations are to commence by July 2024.

Phase one includes the pilot project, which ran from 2022 to 2024; phase 1.5 follows from 2024 to 2027, where green fertiliser production starts; phase two includes regional and international exportation of green ammonia from 2029 to 2032; and phase three beyond 2032 is slated for the international export of green ammonia.

The Daures Green Hydrogen Consortium last year secured an N$220 million grant from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research

The project is expected to integrate application technologies for the utilisation of green hydrogen in agriculture, ammonia nitrate and cleaning detergents as well as fuel cell-operated centre pivots, boreholes and houses.

Everyone Must Work Together

Speaking at State House on Monday, Namaseb said DGHV will be Africa’s first net zero village. Surrounded by presidential advisors and the minister in the presidency, Mbumba pleaded with the green hydrogen village delegation to ensure all stakeholders pull in the same direction.

“We cannot build the country if we are divided. Nobody should be left behind. Unless we work together, we are not going to win big. This applies to all, from government, traditional authorities and the investors to the community.

“I am ready to visit the area to discuss other areas like poverty, water and drought issues. This is our project; we have come this far. We cannot look behind, so let us protect it with fairness,” said President Mbumba.

Creating Jobs on a Local Level

Delivering his statement, Chief Seibeb said during the many consultations, the local community was excited about this new development, which they foresee to bring about infrastructure and job opportunities.

He noted his aim is to ensure there is an improvement in the living conditions of the people he is representing.

“I want to ensure that those people living in the area will not be left with the same hardships as they are now experiencing. I had put my hand in darkness for my community because green hydrogen was not known to myself, but the little I heard was not a risk or threat to the environment and the communities,” the chief noted.

Byline: Eric Maina