Pilot Energy study suggests 3-stage hydrogen project in Western Australia

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March 28 (Renewables Now) - Pilot Energy Ltd (ASX:PGY) on Monday reported positive results of feasibility studies regarding the development of a clean hydrogen project using its existing oil and gas production operations in Western Australia’s Mid West region.

The studies recommend a three-stage development pathway, starting with the development of a carbon capture and storage (CCS) operation, followed by the addition of blue hydrogen production in 2025-2027 to deliver about 43,000 tonnes per year of blue hydrogen. A third stage in 2027-2030 would see the integration of some 220 MW of wind and solar generation to produce another 18,000 tonnes per year of green hydrogen.

The company said that development of the three stages would enable it to produce some 61,000 tonnes per year of clean hydrogen and subsequently about 350,000 tonnes per year of clean ammonia for supply to Asian markets.

Over the next 12 months, it intends to focus on work such as permitting and frontend engineering and design (FEED) for stage one so that it can make a final investment decision for this portion of the project.

According to estimates in the study, green hydrogen could be delivered to key demand centres across the Mid-West from AUD 3.11 (USD 2.34/EUR 2.13) per kilogram on a stand-alone basis using only renewable power. This estimate envisages a 2035 project start and 1,900 MW of onshore renewables.

(AUD 1 = USD 0.752/EUR 0.684)

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