Origin, Orica study hydrogen hub in Hunter Valley

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March 1 (Renewables Now) - Australia’s Origin Energy Ltd (ASX:ORG) on Monday unveiled plans for a green hydrogen hub in the Newcastle industrial region in New South Wales.

The Hunter Valley Hydrogen Hub would generate hydrogen from a grid-connected 55-MW electrolyser, powered by renewable electricity from Origin’s portfolio. By design, the projects would be scalable, providing for future expansion and export potential.

Origin is partnering with explosives and chemicals group Orica Ltd (ASX:ORI) on the proposal. The companies have signed a memorandum of understanding and will conduct a feasibility study into the hub.

Potential applications include the supply of hydrogen for heavy industry and transport, conversion into green ammonia at Orica’s Kooragang Island plant, as well as blending hydrogen into natural gas pipelines.

Origin said several heavy vehicle and transport users have offered support to the project.

“Reducing emissions from Australia’s manufacturing sector will be key to achieving the nation’s ambition to be net zero emissions by 2050, and this will only be achieved if the energy industry, customers and governments work together to support the development of hydrogen as a future energy source,” said Origin chief executive Frank Calabria.

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