Rio Tinto is looking to decarbonise its Yarwun alumina refinery in Gladstone, Australia with hydrogen.
The global mining company today (August 24) inked a letter of intent with Sumitomo for the effort that will also look at Yarwun as a location for a new hydrogen plant to produce hydrogen for the recently announced Gladstone Hydrogen Ecosystem.
Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development Steven Miles said Gladstone has already welcomed the partnership, stating that it presents a great opportunity for the region and for Queensland.
On the project, Kellie Parker, Chief Executive at Rio Tinto, said, “Rio Tinto has a long relationship with Sumitomo and we are delighted to partner with them to explore the possibilities of hydrogen, not only for our own refinery, but for Sumitomo to supply industry more broadly in Gladstone.
“Reducing the carbon intensity of our alumina production will be key to meeting our 2030 and 2050 climate targets. There is clearly more work to be done, but partnerships and projects like this are an important part of helping us get there.”
Sumitomo Corporation’s Energy Innovation Initiative Director Hajime Mori, added, “We are excited about working together with Rio Tinto as our long-term partner to develop this hydrogen project in Gladstone and working toward our company’s vision of achieving carbon neutrality by 2050.
“We believe the pilot plant will play a significant role in establishing the Gladstone Hydrogen Ecosystem. Sumitomo has commenced the Design Study and Preliminary Master Planning to build the Gladstone hydrogen ecosystem and we will continue to work towards future hydrogen exports from Gladstone.”
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