February 27 (Renewables Now) - Queensland’s Gladstone region will become home to two renewable hydrogen projects, one of which is promising "gigawatt-scale" production.
The government said on Thursday its AUD-15-million (USD 9.9m/EUR 9m) Hydrogen Industry Development Fund will support an AUD-4.2-million scheme by Australian Gas Networks (AGN). The latter has proposed to install a renewable hydrogen plant in Gladstone city to deliver a 10% blend of green hydrogen in the local natural gas network, which will be a first for the country. This pilot project is in line with a plan to convert Gladstone’s entire network to hydrogen in the future, said Premier and Minister for Trade Annastacia Palaszczuk.
AGN, a unit of the Australian Gas Infrastructure Group (AGIG), will get more than AUD 1.7 million for this project from the hydrogen fund.
The Aussie state will also accommodate an AUD-1.6-billion industrial complex that will produce green hydrogen and ammonia in Gladstone. Called H2-Hub Gladstone, the facility will be installed by Hydrogen Utility (H2U), which has purchased a 171-ha site in the Gladstone State Development Area, to install an up to 3-GW electrolyser plant. The daily ammonia production capacity will be up to 5,000 tonnes. Commpletion of the project and first production is targeted in 2025.
The state government also said that its land use planning and property development unit Economic Development Queensland (EDQ) has allowed Spain’s Acciona SA (BME:ANA) to explore options for producing green hydrogen as part of its 250-MW Aldoga solar project.
(AUD 1.0 = USD 0.657/EUR 0.600)