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22 May 2024

Belgium hosts Namibian Delegation as part of the Belgian-Namibian partnership on hydrogen and renewable energies

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This Tuesday, Minister of Energy Tinne Van der Straeten and the Belgian development cooperation agency Enabel welcomed a Namibian delegation for a 10-day working visit focused on hydrogen and renewable energies. From Antwerp to Seraing, the delegation will have the opportunity to meet numerous experts and leaders in the field on hydrogen.

 

Just a few weeks after the official visit of His Majesty the King to Namibia, Minister of Energy Tinne Van der Straeten and Enabel CEO Jean Van Wetter welcomed the Namibian delegation at the Residence Palace this Tuesday morning, continuing the cooperation between the two countries in the field of green hydrogen. The aim of this visit is to lay the technical foundations of the energy partnership between the two countries and to show our support for Namibia in its journey towards climate neutrality.

Specifically, the programme of the visit is structured around various topics ranging from the legal and regulatory framework to operationalisation, including research and development, certification, and financing.

The first theme aims to cover various legal and regulatory aspects of hydrogen, with a presentation by the FPS Economy on the Federal Hydrogen Transport Law, a presentation by Hinicio on European legislation and the pilot project with Oman on certification. The CREG will also present a session on the Belgian and European regulatory framework.

With regard to research and development, the delegation will also visit Belgian centers of excellence. These include, the Von Karman Institute, which carries out advanced research on fluid dynamics, and on the other hand, Energyville, a research center bringing together universities such as KU Leuven and the University of Hasselt, which provides expertise on smart energy systems to industry and governments.

For the operational theme, transport will be highlighted by representatives of the maritime administration and port-related companies. The delegation will visit the Port of Antwerp and have the opportunity to visit CMB Tech’s hydrogen fuel station. John Cockerill will also host the delegation, first in Mulhouse, where the Group’ has developed the first European “gigafactory” for the production of electrolysers, and in Seraing, where the Group’s experts will present various developments in hydrogen production equipment.

Finally, based on the principle that it is necessary to involve the financial world in order to ensure the financing of projects related to the energy transition, meetings on financing sessions are also on the agenda.

 

Tinne Van der Straeten, Belgian Minister of Energy: “This study visit is the first of its kind. Through practical understanding and knowledge sharing, our two countries can continue to develop a strong partnership in renewable energy, with a particular focus on green hydrogen. I hope that these ten days will be enriching for all partners involved in this working visit so that together, we can tackle the operational and technological challenges that will lead us to climate neutrality by 2050”.

 

Jean Van Wetter, CEO of Enabel: “I am happy to see that ideas are becoming concrete. This visit is a follow-up to the two round tables on green hydrogen that Enabel organised in 2023. We are facilitating this visit in our role to enable regulatory, skills and technology transfers between our two countries and build a long-term programme aimed at ensuring green hydrogen development is not only export-driven, but benefits local and regional development as well.”

 

Namibia, a strategic partner from 2021


Tinne Van der Straeten and her Namibian counterpart Tom Alweendo signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the aim of developing a large-scale renewable electricity production site using solar and wind power to produce green hydrogen.

In April 2024, His Majesty King Philippe, accompanied by Energy Minister Tinne Van der Straeten and Enabel CEO Jean Van Wetter, visited Namibia for an official green hydrogen visit. Namibia’s goals are closely aligned with Belgian expertise and ambitions. The King’s visit highlighted the expertise of Belgian companies and cooperation in the field of renewable energy.

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