Western Australia calls on federal government to support green hydrogen hubs

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The government of Western Australia is providing additional funding to help advance two poles of renewable green hydrogen in Australia’s largest state, and calls on the federal government to follow through on its pledge.

The state government confirmed on Thursday that it intends to invest up to A $ 117.5 million (US $ 84.6 million) to attract federal funding for green hydrogen centers in the Pilbara and Mid-West regions of Western Australia.

He added that he had already filed requests this week via the federal government’s clean hydrogen industrial centers program for matching Commonwealth funding to develop the two poles. The deadline for submitting applications under the program was closed on 22 November.

The planned Pilbara hub involves the development of a hydrogen or ammonia pipeline connecting the strategic industrial areas of Maitland and Burrup. It will also see the creation of a clean energy research and training institute based in Karratha and Port Hedland, and the modernization of the port to facilitate export opportunities.

The proposed Mid-West hub would see funding directed towards building renewable energy and road infrastructure in the Oakajee Strategic Industrial Zone, as well as connecting the area to electricity and water, and the development of hydrogen refueling infrastructure.

Capitalize on WA’s renewable resources

The Western Australian government says the centers will harness the state’s natural advantages in abundant solar and wind resources, available land, existing export infrastructure and strong business partnerships in the region.

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“The Pilbara and the Mid-West are second to none among the country’s regions in providing the competitive advantages necessary to drive the success of local hydrogen industries,” Western Australian Prime Minister Mark McGowan said Thursday. .

Western Australia’s Hydrogen Industry Minister Alannah MacTiernan added that the Mid-West and Pilbara regions are already gaining worldwide attention for their green hydrogen potential.

“Our government has made this major commitment to unlock this potential and provide the infrastructure we need to accelerate local production and exports of renewable hydrogen,” she said.

“We want to partner with the Federal Government to seize this job creation opportunity for Western Australia, which will make a significant contribution to global efforts towards net zero emissions.”

The state government says the two green hydrogen hubs would create around 2,000 skilled and semi-skilled jobs statewide.

The government of Western Australia has sets the ambitious goal of developing 100 gigawatts of renewable energy by the end of the decade for the production of green hydrogen, with an ambitious goal of doubling this figure by 2040.

Blue hydrogen is produced from natural gas feedstocks, the carbon dioxide by-product of hydrogen production being captured and stored. However, the process is not emission free.

Green hydrogen is made using electrolysis powered by renewable energy to split water molecules into oxygen and hydrogen, creating an emission-free fuel.

The offer for new federal funding comes just a day after the resource industry body, the WA Chamber of Minerals and Energy (CME) unveiled a report outlining the opportunities and challenges of the nascent hydrogen industry in Western Australia.

The CME highlighted the advantages Australia has for producing blue and green hydrogen, but also warned that it was crucial for WA to keep pace with the development of its hydrogen industry with that of its emerging global competitors, with particular emphasis on the Middle East.


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