The Port of Antwerp-Bruges and Namport will jointly build a green hydrogen supply chain between Namibia and Europe via the Port of Walvis Bay. 

This partnership was announced by Namport's Chief Executive Officer, Andrew Kanime, during the visit by European Commissioner Thierry Breton to the port. 
The move Kanime says will see the two ports carrying out studies and developing a roadmap that will include all the requisite infrastructure, facilities, and processes.
Namibia, has a lot of sun, seawater, and wind, the most attractive and cost-effective hubs for the production of green hydrogen.
Kanime says a decision by Europe to shift focus from its traditional suppliers of energy and migrate to renewable and clean alternatives is an opportunity for Namibia to achieve its goal of becoming the regional hub for green hydrogen.

Kanime expressed the hope that the MoU with the EU will support Namport's efforts to become the international logistics hub to facilitate the realization of Namibia's audacious goal to be the region's energy hub.

"We have hence been seized with the task of ensuring that Namport is ably and timely positioned to provide the requisite support in the handling, processing, storage, and export of green hydrogen molecules to the EU and other markets. This is aligned with our strategic intent of positioning Namibian seaports to become industrial centers in the country."

Kanime said that Namport is looking at handling the exports out of Walvis Bay through the North Port, and this will require the development of a multi-purpose terminal. 

On his part Commissioner Thierry Breton said the EU is keen to support African countries such as Namibia to develop a green hydrogen supply chain.

"Europe is one of the biggest investors in Africa if not the biggest. I know this because I am from Senegal and I have seen the support Europe has rendered to some African countries."

Antwerp-Bruges is a port in Belgium and the EU's second-largest seaport after that of Rotterdam

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