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ENGIE announces collaboration to carry out the feasibility study on South Africa’s Hydrogen Valley

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ENGIE announces collaboration to carry out the feasibility study on South Africa’s Hydrogen Valley

ENGIE, a global reference group in low-carbon energy and services announces today the signing of an agreement together with South Africa’s Department of Science and Innovation, South African National Energy Development Institute,  Anglo American, one of the world’s leading producers of platinum group metals, and Bambili Energy, the clean energy solutions provider, to carry out a feasibility study to create an “Hydrogen Valley” located on the Bushveld Complex and more broadly around Johannesburg, Mogalakwena and Kwazulu Natal

The first step of the feasibility study, which is carried out by ENGIE Impact, is to identify tangible project opportunities to build hydrogen hubs in this key economic and transport corridor. The project’s objective is to identify up to 3 hydrogen hubs– zones with a high concentration of hydrogen demand, with access to green hydrogen that act as a hydrogen eco-system. Subsequently, a techno-economic analysis will be carried out on each of the hubs to assess the business case for the identified projects, map their potential for positive social impact and define the political and regulatory actions needed to create the conditions for implementation. This study will make recommendations on hydrogen projects in the hydrogen hubs.

Hydrogen is of strategic importance to South Africa. President Ramaphosa highlighted the Hydrogen South Africa Strategy in his recent State of the Nation address, stating that after a decade of research, South Africa is prepared to manufacture hydrogen fuel cells. The hydrogen economy presents an opportunity  for South Africa to leverage its platinum resources to develop a domestic hydrogen economy valued at up to $10 billion per year, and to tap into export potential of $100 billion per year.

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