Client: HYPHEN Hydrogen Energy (Pty) Ltd

Hyphen - Proposed Meteorological Mast and Remote Sensing Campaign in the Tsau//Khaeb National Park

April 20, 2022

Notice is hereby given in terms of the Environmental Management Act (No. 7 of 2007) and Regulation 21 of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Regulations (Government Notice No. 30 of 2012) of an application by HYPHEN Hydrogen Energy (Pty) Ltd (Hyphen) for an Environmental Clearance Certificate (ECC) to undertake a meteorological (met) mast and remote sensing campaign in the Tsau //Khaeb (Spergebiet) National Park (TKNP), near Lüderitz, southern Namibia.


In November 2021, the Namibian government issued a notice of award stating its intention to appoint Hyphen as the preferred bidder to develop the country’s first large-scale export green hydrogen (H2) project in two concession areas in the TKNP. For this project, which will be subject to its own separate EIA process, the bulk of the renewable electricity generation will be in the form of wind energy. To better understand the suitability of the wind resource in the proposed development area, Hyphen is proposing to install 10 met masts within the two concession areas, each representing a specific wind resource coverage area. To further reduce the wind resource uncertainty, Hyphen is also proposing to use Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) remote sensing in two locations as a means of
secondary data collection.


SLR Environmental Consulting (Namibia) (Pty) Ltd (SLR) has been appointed to undertake the EIA process for the proposed project. An ECC application has been submitted to the Competent Authority (Ministry of Mines and Energy). The project has also been registered on the Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Tourism’s (MEFT) online ECC application web portal.

Status

A Background Information Document (BID), which provides preliminary project information, has been compiled and is available for a 21-day review and comment period from 20 April to 11 May 2022. A copy of the BID (in English and Afrikaans) is available for download below.


If you or your organisation would like to register as an interested and affected party (I&AP) and/or wish to raise any initial issues or concerns regarding the proposed project, please submit your full name, contact details and any initial comments to the SLR contact person indicated above. For comments to be included in the draft EIA Scoping Report, comments should reach SLR by no later than 11 May 2022.