UK to assist South Africa’s inexperienced hydrogen plan with grant

President Cyril Ramaphosa shakes palms with Britain’s King Charles III and Queen Camilla as they’re welcomed by the Horse Guards.

  • The UK will assist South Africa’s inexperienced hydrogen program by means of grant-funded technical help.
  • As well as, the $5 billion funding to develop a inexperienced ammonia plant in South Africa is predicted to create native jobs.
  • President Cyril Ramaphosa is on a state go to to the UK this week.
  • For extra monetary information, please go to News24 Enterprise Entrance Web page.

The UK authorities intends to assist South Africa’s plans to develop a inexperienced hydrogen trade by means of grant-funded technical help.

The announcement was made on Tuesday morning as President Cyril Ramaphosa started his state go to to the UK this week.

The grant funding – actual figures haven’t been disclosed – is a part of the UK’s contribution to the Partnership for a Simply Power Transition.

At COP27, Ramaphosa shared that he had requested the Worldwide Companions Group to enhance the grants portion of its unique pledge of $8.5 billion to assist South Africa (together with the UK) transition.

Inexperienced hydrogen – produced utilizing renewable electrical energy and due to this fact much less carbon-intensive than conventional gas sources – is without doubt one of the inexperienced industries South Africa seeks to develop by means of JETP. Different sectors crucial to decarbonizing the South African economic system that can profit from JETP are the electrical energy sector and the transport sector, notably by means of the event of electrical automobiles.

The Inexperienced Hydrogen Initiative is linked to the UK Partnership to Speed up Local weather Transition (UK PACT) programme. PACT UK has been concerned in data sharing of the South African Hydrogen Society Roadmap revealed earlier this 12 months. This system additionally funds analysis on job alternatives and expertise wanted for a inexperienced hydrogen economic system in South Africa.

The partnership between the 2 international locations includes an ongoing trade of data, with the UK sharing its expertise and classes realized in growing the Tees Valley Hydrogen Centre. South Africa additionally needs to develop its personal hydrogen valley. It is because of this that Minister for Larger Schooling, Science and Innovation Blade Nzimande intends to go to Teesside to study concerning the alternatives for regional growth by means of the inexperienced hydrogen trade.

There will even be educational collaboration between Teesside College within the UK and Stellenbosch College in South Africa to share and trade greatest practices. The College of Teesside within the UK has performed an essential position in establishing a regional hydrogen economic system.

The British authorities additionally stated that the British firm Hive Power is about to speculate 5 billion US {dollars} to construct a inexperienced ammonia plant in South Africa. The manufacturing facility will create native jobs whereas offering financial alternatives for the UK and different corporations concerned within the mission.

International Secretary James Cleverly stated the 2 international locations would additionally announce a partnership for future clear tech minerals, provided that international locations within the southern African area are main producers of unpolluted tech minerals. These embody, for instance, platinum group metals for hydrogen manufacturing; vanadium and manganese, for battery storage. The partnership will concentrate on “accountable” exploration, manufacturing and processing of those minerals.

There may be additionally a brand new training and expertise partnership between the 2 international locations to spice up youth employment. Particulars are but to be made public – however the UK funding can be used to develop expertise and entrepreneurial expertise in inexperienced industries akin to electrical automobile manufacturing.


British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak additionally stated in a press release that the 2 international locations would proceed to work collectively on the infrastructure partnership.

“…we now have formidable plans to drive infrastructure funding and financial development,” Sunak stated.

He added: “I stay up for welcoming President Ramaphosa to London this week to debate how we are able to deepen the partnership between our two nice nations and capitalize on shared alternatives from commerce and tourism to safety and defence.”

The UK and South Africa signed a Memorandum of Understanding earlier this 12 months – permitting the UK to share technical data, recommendation, expertise and experience with South Africa to handle capability gaps in making ready infrastructure initiatives to draw market financing.

“The infrastructure partnership will assist South Africa in translating price range commitments into greater high quality, bankable initiatives that may be delivered to market,” the UK authorities stated in response to a News24 query.

In flip, British corporations will enter a aggressive bidding course of beneath South Africa’s procurement laws to participate in infrastructure initiatives value £5.37 billion (R110 billion) over the following three years.

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“Our partnership with Infrastructure South Africa has supported the event of high quality pipelines, with round R400 billion of precedence initiatives to be delivered to market…” the UK authorities stated.

South Africa is the UK’s largest buying and selling companion in Africa, with annual commerce value £10.7 billion (R220 billion).

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