Renewable Energy and Green Hydrogen
The Northern Cape Green Hydrogen Strategy has six objectives:
THE STRATEGY IS EXPORT-MARKET FOCUSED IN THE INITIAL STAGES.
1. To position the Northern Cape as a future leader in green hydrogen production and export;
2. To enable the province’s green hydrogen potential through the development of catalytic infrastructure in the form of the planned Boegoebaai port and rail project, and adjacent green hydrogen Special Economic Zone (SEZ), storage infrastructure, transmission grids, and pipelines;
3. To have 5 GW of electrolysis capacity supported by 10 GW of renewable energy generation under construction in the Northern Cape by 2025 - 2026;
4. To maximize the job creation, skills development, youth employment, and investment attraction potential of green hydrogen. This will be done through the strategic localisation and reindustrialization of manufacturing aimed at green hydrogen and renewable energy components and products including attracting a tier-1 solar photovoltaic (PV) panel and wind turbine manufacturers to the Northern Cape by 2025;
5. To utilize the Northern Cape’s green hydrogen generation capacity to support the accelerated decarbonisation of the South African economy especially the large, carbon-intensive industrial base, and to attract heavy industry wishing to go green to relocate to South Africa;
6. To utilise green hydrogen and concessional development finance to support a Just Energy Transition in South Africa.
More than R200bn has been committed by the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) to renewable energy projects across South Africa (target: 13 225MW to the national grid by 2025); 60% of the projects are in the Northern Cape and off base and the largest solar and wind turbines in SADC