The Queensland Government is one step closer to establishing a hydrogen export hub in the northern part of the state. signature Creating a memorandum of understanding between Port of Townsville and Origin Australia.
The contract, signed on April 14, promises the development of a hydrogen liquefaction facility and the expansion of the port to facilitate the export of hydrogen using specially designed liquid hydrogen carriers.
Origin Energy Media release When development is complete, an estimated 36,500 tonnes of hydrogen will be shipped each year in a joint export project between Origin and Kawasaki Heavy Industries of Japan.
Felicity Underhill, Origin’s Future Fuels General Manager, said the Port of Townsville is well suited for resource development and export. She said the project would also help support local work.
“Townsville is an ideal place to develop liquid hydrogen facilities for deep-sea harbors, industrial land, availability of skilled workers, nearby renewable energy and sustainable water resources. It’s in, “she said.
Underhill also said the industry is expected to grow rapidly over the next few years due to rising demand from Japan and other parts of Asia, making Australia in a great position to become a global leader in hydrogen exports. It was.
“Townsville has the potential to become a major global hub for hydrogen exports, not only promoting local jobs, but also supporting transportation to local industry and decarbonization,” she said. ..
This is the second major deal to supply Australian hydrogen to Japan, and earlier this year the Australian government announced plans to supply hydrogen to Japan from a Kawasaki-led project in Victoria.
However, unlike the Victorian hydrogen facility, which burns coal to produce hydrogen, Origin states that the Townsville Port infrastructure uses renewable energy resources and water instead.
Both projects are part of Kawasaki Hydrogen load The project plans to develop a hydrogen supply chain that uses hydrogen as a carbon dioxide-free energy source.
Promoting carbon dioxide emission reductions is part of Japan’s commitment to the Paris Agreement, which sets Japan’s goal of reducing emissions by 26% by 2030.
In particular, the Japanese government Forward The goal is to increase hydrogen demand to 3 million tons by 2030 (compared to the current approximately 2 million tons) and to 20 million tons by 2050.
Kawasaki also plans to build 80 liquid hydrogen carriers, with the first Suiso Frontier launching at the end of 2019.
These containers are required to transport liquid hydrogen at the required -253 ° C (-423 ° F).
Currently, Australia has very little infrastructure that can use hydrogen to generate and transport energy. However, the federal government has outlined plans to change this, as outlined below. National hydrogen strategy..
Reuters contributed to this report.