Plans for the Pilbara Hydrogen Hub involve the development of a hydrogen or ammonia pipeline connecting the Maitland and Barrup strategic industrial areas.
The McGowan Government has committed $117.5 million to progressing two renewable hydrogen hubs in Western Australia.
The hubs are located in the Pilbara and Mid-West regions, and would help to secure the state at the forefront of the emergent renewable hydrogen industry.
The McGowan Government hopes the initial funding will attract federal financial backing for the renewable hydrogen projects, and drive the state’s status as a global clean energy powerhouse.
The state has already lodged an application through the Commonwealth’s Clean Hydrogen Industrial Hubs program ink the interests of receiving matched commonwealth funding.
According to the McGowan Government, the proposed hubs would create around 2,000 jobs as well as utilise the states competitive natural advantages in the renewable hydrogen industry, including solar and wind resources, land, and existing infrastructure.
Plans for the Pilbara Hydrogen Hub involve the development of a hydrogen or ammonia pipeline connecting the Maitland and Barrup strategic industrial areas; the creation of a Clean Energy Training and Research Institute in Karratha and Port Hedland; and port upgrades to facilitate export opportunities.
The Mid West Hub proposal includes the construction of renewable energy infrastructure at the Oakajee Strategic Industrial Area, as well as power and water connections and hydrogen refuelling infrastructure.
Premier Mark McGowan said the state is well positioned to take up hydrogen opportunities, and hopes the Federal Government will follow suit in funding provisions for new infrastructure and production.
“Western Australia has every advantage to be a world leader in renewable hydrogen, and we are committed to providing the support to make these job-creating projects a reality,” said McGowan.
“The Pilbara and Mid-West are second to none among regions around the country in offering the competitive advantages needed to drive successful local hydrogen industries.”
For more information visit the Government of Western Australia’s website.