Port deal advances Origin hydrogen plans
Origin has been working with Japan’s Kawasaki Heavy Industries on a 36,500Tpa export liquid hydrogen project to operate out of Townsville.
Assistant Minister for Hydrogen Development Lance McCallum said the memorandum of understanding signed this week would help cement future opportunities for new, secure jobs in Queensland.
“(This) MoU formally adds the Port of Townsville to this mix and confirms the essential role our proudly publicly owned ports will play in Queensland’s hydrogen journey,” he said.
Origin Future Fuels general manager Felicity Underhill said Townsville was ideally placed to develop a liquid hydrogen facility due to its deep water port, industrial-zoned land, availability of skilled workers and nearby renewable energy and sustainable water resources.
“This is one of the most advanced commercial scale green liquid hydrogen projects in the world, and we and our partners are looking forward to commencing front end engineering and design (FEED) this calendar year,” she said.
“Origin’s MOU with the Port of Townsville is an important and exciting next step in the process.”
Port of Townsville chair Renita Garard said Townsville was a world-class location for renewable hydrogen production with significant export potential to close Asian markets.
“This is an extremely exciting project to be part of as the global demand for hydrogen is gaining momentum every day,” she said.
“Townsville enjoys more than 320 days of sunshine and the region has several established renewable energy developments with the renewable energy potential and regional partners progressing new hydrogen technology every day.”
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