German energy company RWE has penned a deal that could see it buy 300,000 tonnes per annum of ammonia from Hyphen Energy’s planned $10 billion green hydrogen project in an environmentally sensitive area of Namibia.

News of this agreement came just days before Germany’s Minister for Economic Affairs Robert Habeck began a five-day trip to Namibia and South Africa that will be dominated by Berlin’s energy diversification and decarbonisation agenda, focused on green hydrogen.

RWE, which is a significant oil and gas producer, said it could import the Namibian ammonia via a facility it aims to have ready to operate at Brunsbettel, Germany, in 2026.