Call to establish 1.5 GW green hydrogen center gets “extremely major” response

The Western Australian government has actually gotten 65 expressions of interest to produce and export sustainable hydrogen at an industrial estate north of Geraldton– a minimum of 10 of which were stated to have originated from international corporate “incredibly majors.”

The strong reaction follows the Labor McGowan federal government’s call, issued in September of in 2015, for EOIs in establishing a potentially enormous 1.5 GW eco-friendly hydrogen hub at the Oakajee Strategic Industrial Location, an industrial estate just north of Geraldton.

The tender was issued by the federal government as part of its fast-tracking of the W.A. Renewable Hydrogen Method, which has actually been advanced from 2040 to 2030 and is being backed by $28 million in funding.

The Oakajee SIA is approximated to be able to host up to 1.25 GW of wind power, and up to 270MW of large scale solar at internationally competitive rates and, in the EOI, the federal government had stated that it was trying to find interest from both manufacturers and consumers.

In a statement on Thursday, the government stated ratings of submissions had come from both Australia and abroad, consisting of Japan, Germany and the US, showing strong worldwide interest in the sustainable hydrogen potential of the state’s Mid-West region.

Of the submissions, it stated 16 per cent of celebrations had suggested interest in establishing and funding an entire supply chain that incorporated Oakajee as a tactical hub for the production and export of eco-friendly hydrogen.

Other celebrations had expressed interest in supplying sections of the supply chain– consisting of innovation, essential water and power energies, making key components or funding this emerging industry.

A minimum of 10 of the participants, the statement added, could be classified as ‘‘ super majors’, each having an international reach and market capitalisations in the $10s or $100s of billions.

“The strong response to the Oakajee EOI process confirmed what we already understood about the strong global cravings for renewable hydrogen, and the enormous potential of the Mid-West region,” stated the state’s regional development minister Alanna MacTiernan.

“Worldwide economies are hungry for tidy, renewable resource, and we have the best mix of wind and solar capacity that is the envy of the world right here in WA.”

As RenewEconomy kept in mind at the time the call for EOIs was provided, the Mid-West region of Western Australia is already host to numerous wind and solar farms and has also already drew in some huge sustainable hydrogen development proposals.

A consortium led by German industrial giant Siemens has actually flagged plans for a 5GW sustainable hydrogen center in the region, while BP has talked of a 1.5 GW hydrogen hub. Oil and gas explorer Pilot Energy has actually likewise been scoping for an eco-friendly hydrogen hub in the location, but mostly based upon the offshore wind potential of its exploration leases.

On top of this, there is a proposition for a truly massive 15GW wind and solar hydrogen center further north in the Pilbara, put forward by CWP, Vestas and Macquarie, while a few of the big iron ore manufacturers in the Pilbara are also looking at hydrogen, as are energy consumers such as fertiliser and ammonia plants.

The federal government said the EOIs would be officially considered by the Department of Jobs, Tourist, Science and Development working closely with the Mid West Development Commission, Mid West Ports Authority and DevelopmentWA, which owns the Oakajee land.

“We look forward to working with the companies that revealed interest in this chance to bring the production of eco-friendly hydrogen to Western Australia,” MacTiernan stated.

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