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Angola to become Germany’s first green hydrogen supplier

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The federal government is seeking green hydrogen import partners all across the world. Angola will now be the primary supplier. However, there will be no immediate oil and gas exports from the country for the time being.

Angola is set to become Germany’s first renewable-energy-based green hydrogen supplier. In Berlin, the state energy firm Sonangol signed a letter of intent with the German businesses Gauff Engineering and Conjuncta for the development of a matching factory in Angola. Diamantino Pedro de Azevedo, Angola’s Minister of Mineral Resources, Oil and Gas, expects green ammonia to be able to be exported starting in 2024. Green ammonia is a liquid energy transporter that can carry green hydrogen over great distances.

280,000 tons of green ammonia will be generated initially for export, according to Stefan Liebing, Managing Director of Conjuncta and Chairman of the German-African Business Association. According to Liebing, the initiative might be the first of its sort in Africa, and “perhaps even the first one in the world.”

Fast production when the factory is built near the port of Barra do Dande, is achievable due to the availability of energy from a hydroelectric power plant, water, and infrastructure such as power lines, according to Stefan Tavares Bollow, Managing Director of Gauff Engineering.

Green hydrogen, which is meant to replace fossil fuels like oil and gas, is now being imported by the federal government from across the world. An energy collaboration between Germany and Angola already exists.

However, when asked whether Angola could expand its capacities quickly, the responsible minister, de Azevedo, rejected fast deliveries of oil and gas from Russia as a substitute for fossil fuels: “It will take some time,” he said in a Reuters TV interview, “Oil production is not so elastic.” Angola is Africa’s second-largest oil producer.

The more European firms spend, the greater future output will be possible. For a few more years, oil and gas will continue to play a part in the energy mix. However, in response to Russia’s assault in Ukraine, de Azevedo declared, “We recognize the requirements of Europe.”

They’re ready to deliver more, and they’ve just settled on additional facilities and investments for gas resource development. “A portion of the gas will be sent to Europe.”

Arnes Biogradlija
Creative Content Director at EnergyNews.Biz

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