Coregas supporting coal-to-hydrogen project

A world first project in Victoria, Australia that will convert brown coal to hydrogen for export to Japan is being supported by the only Australian-owned industrial gas company, Coregas.

The Hydrogen Energy Supply Chain (HESC) project will see liquefied hydrogen produced from Latrobe Valley brown coal transported to Japan for use in fuel cell electric vehicles and power generation, in one of the world’s first efforts to commercialise technology to liquefy and transport hydrogen.

Construction of the small-scale pilot facilities at the Port of Hastings commenced in 2019, and the $500m project is expected to be operational in the winter of 2020.

Coregas said it has been integral in providing engineering consultancy, onsite support and equipment for the hydrogen gasification plant at Loy Yang in the Latrobe Valley and the state-of-the-art liquefaction and loading facility at nearby Port of Hastings.

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