New hydrogen production hub announced in Western Australia

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Australia is poised to become a global leader in hydrogen generation, with the latest project in the Pilbara set to produce half a million tonnes of hydrogen each year from 2028.

An area on the north coast of Western Australia has been chosen for a new ‘hydrogen hub’ – planned to produce energy which could eventually end up in a hydrogen-powered car.

Announced by WA Premier Roger Cook and the Federal Minister for Climate Change and Energy, Chris Bowen, the $140 million project will both manufacture and export hydrogen from the Pilbara region.

The joint media conference took place in Karratha – approximately 1250 kilometres due north of Perth.

While there was no mention during the announcement of exactly how the hydrogen would be produced – as it can be made either with coal, wind, solar, or any other type of power generation method – Minister Bowen referred to the hub as bringing a “new clean energy industry” to the area.

Opening in 2028, it’s expected to produce up to 492,000 tonnes of hydrogen annually.

Both the State and Federal Governments will contribute $70 million to the project, with up to 1000 jobs expected to be created both directly and indirectly from the facility.

In July 2023, the Korean Electric Power Corporation signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Western Green Energy Hub in WA, with plans to produce 3.5 million tonnes of hydrogen from wind and solar power – produced in the Goldfields-Esperence region in the state’s south – for export to South Korea.

The Victorian Government currently produces coal-generation hydrogen for export to Japan at the Loy Yang power plant in Gippsland – with a carbon capture program designed to store the CO2 underground.

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