The Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (dtic) and Western Cape Provincial government have committed to put support mechanisms to help resource a green energy hydrogen project based in Vredendal, Western Cape after a brief site visit was conducted by senior government officials on Thursday, 23 June at the Keren Energy Green Hydrogen Project.
Director at The Department of Trade, Industry and Competition, Bongani Lukhele says an investment holding company, Sakhumnotho Power, has partnered with energy development project company, Keren Energy, and the University of the Western Cape, to undertake a proof-of-concept project that can produce green hydrogen at a site supplied by Namaqua Engineering, in Vredendal.
The Acting Chief Director of Special Economic Zones Policy and Planning at the dtic, Mr Thami Klassen says the hydrogen energy project will form part of the initiatives that drive spatial industrial development, through an integrated approach of the three spheres of government. This collaboration is key for driving localisation and beneficiation of primary commodities, especially in support of the West Coast-based Saldanha Bay Special Economic Zone. Critical infrastructure funding could also assist to give impetus to the green economy sector in driving the South African economy forward.
Furthermore, discussions between all parties and meetings will continue with project commercialisation once a bankable feasibility study has been finalised.