Hexagon Energy Materials has completed a placement of $6.2m in order to accelerate all aspects of the Pedirka blue hydrogen project and other commitments.
Launching the project earlier this year, Hexagon said the development basis of the project is ‘clean’ blue hydrogen that is said to be zero emissions.
Hexagon Energy Materials hopes that blue hydrogen produced at the site will provide a gateway for the conversion to hydrogen economies over the coming decades.
With firm commitments of $6.2m from a placement, the fund will support a pre-feasibility study (PFS) with several planning meetings having already been held with Genesis in respect to the scope and format of the PFS towards formalisation of the project planning and timing.
These discussions have already highlighted substantial cost savings for the PFS programme from initial budget estimates which have significantly lowered the amount of funding required to complete the study.
The fund was strongly bid by both domestic and overseas institutional and sophisticated investors with 180 Markets acting as Lead Manager of the placement.
Settlement of the placement shares is expected to occur on or around the 5th of May 2021.
Charles Whitfield, Chairman of Hexagon Energy Materials, said, “We were delighted at the very strong level of interest shown by both existing and new investors in this capital raise opportunity, and I would like to thank 180 Markets for their efficient management of the bookbuild process.
“With this capital in place the work on Pedirka can be accelerated and the team is exceptionally excited about the months ahead.”
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Hydrogen is poised to fulfil its potential as a clean alternative to hydrocarbons in the global pursuit of decarbonisation to address climate change. Australia and New Zealand are both investigating the most appropriate applications and transition pathway for hydrogen within their energy systems and economies, making best use of their existing natural, social, cultural, human and financial resources.
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