Victoria powers on with coal-to-hydrogen project

Victoria powers on with coal-to-hydrogen project

Construction has started today on a “world first” project in Victoria, Australia that will convert brown coal to hydrogen for export to Japan.

The Hydrogen Energy Supply Chain (HESC) Pilot Project at Port Hastings in Victoria will see liquefied hydrogen produced from Latrobe Valley brown coal transported to Japan for use in fuel cell electric vehicles and power generation.

If the decision is made to proceed to commercial scale, the project has the potential to provide low emission hydrogen that can help meet Victoria’s future energy needs, as well as kick start the emergence of a new, global export industry.

The project is being developed by a consortium of Japan’s top energy and infrastructure companies, with the full support of the Victorian, Commonwealth and Japanese governments.

The consortium partners include Kawasaki Heavy Industries, J-Power, Iwatani Corporation, Marubeni Corporation and AGL, with KHI and Iwatani leading the build at the Port of Hastings.

“The commencement of construction on Australia’s first hydrogen liquefaction and export facility begins Victoria’s quest to become a global leader in hydrogen.”

“Delivering clean hydrogen to the world for the benefit of our environment is a goal we share deeply and we look forward to achieving,” said Chairman of the Board of Kawasaki Shigeru Murayama.

“The hydrogen economy is already materialising in Japan and it is wonderful to now be breaking ground here in Australia. We are excited to be translating our joint hydrogen vision into reality.”

The construction work includes building and mechanical installation including a liquefaction facility and a storage container to be completed by June 2020, to be followed by commissioning, with the target operating period being from 2020 to 2021.

“The hydrogen economy has the potential to be an important future sector in Victoria with the Hydrogen Energy Supply Chain Pilot Project providing an opportunity for Victoria to lead the global emergence of this industry,” said Minister for Economic Development Tim Pallas.

“The commencement of construction on Australia’s first hydrogen liquefaction and export facility begins Victoria’s quest to become a global leader in hydrogen.”


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