Woodside locks in Bell Bay for hydrogen project


The site is located in the Austrak business park, in the Bell Bay area of northern Tasmania, where Woodside and Austrak have made an exclusive agreement for a long-term lease.

Woodside has secured land for its proposed H2TAS project plant, advancing the company’s plans for large-scale renewable hydrogen and ammonia production. 

According to Woodside, H2TAS is a phased development with the potential to support up to 1.7 GW of electrolysis for hydrogen and ammonia production. 

The company expects the initial phase to have a capacity of up to 300 MW and a target production of 2000,000 tpa of ammonia, matched to forecast customer demands. 

The project will use a combination of hydropower and wind to create an entirely green product for export and domestic use. 

Back in January, Woodside signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the State of Tasmania, outlining government support for the H2TAS 

In May, Woodside announced a project consortium with Japanese companies Marubeni and IHI corporation to undertake feasibility studies for the project.  

The parties have now concluded that the Bell Bay area is both technically and commercially feasible for the export of ammonia to Japan. 

Woodside chief executive Meg O’Neill said H2TAS aligns with the company’s plans to produce scalable new energy projects, adding low carbon services to its portfolio. 

“H2TAS is already garnering interest from existing and prospective woodside customers in Asia and Europe,” O’Neill said. 

“Importantly, this project would also create local construction and operational jobs and new opportunities for Tasmanian businesses.” 

Woodside is aiming to achieve a final investment decision (FID) in 2023, with construction and commissioning expected to take two years. 

For more information visit the Woodside website. 

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