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Momentum grows for green hydrogen projects in Tasmania

Woodside Petroleum has secured land for its proposed H2TAS Hydrogen plant in Tasmania. This project has the potential to support 1.7 gigawatts of electrolysis for Hydrogen and Ammonia production.

The initial phase is aimed to have a capacity of 300 megawatts and targets to produce 200 thousand tones of ammonia per annum. 

The aim is to use renewable energy sources to power electrolyzers to split water and produce the so-called “green hydrogen”, which would then be used to produce ammonia for export, a push towards going green by Australia, a major exporter of coal and gas to help cut carbon emissions. 

One of three proposed Hydrogen projects the island state is promoting to take advantage of its abundant hydropower and wind power. Woodside is working with Japan’s Marubeni Crop and IHI crop to export green ammonia to Japan from Tasmania’s Bell Bay area, starting with 300 megawatts of electrolyzer capacity.

300 megawatts can meet the electricity need of 492,000 U.S. homes, which is here produced renewably. They aim to make a final investment decision in 2023 and complete construction in 2025. Woodside has not disclosed a cost for the project yet.

“H2TAS is already garnering interest from existing and prospective Woodside customers in Asia and Europe,” Woodside CEO Meg O’Neill said. Origin Energy and Fortescue Metals Group have proposed similar projects at Bell Bay.

Tasmania’s Energy Minister Guy Barnett said the state was working closely with the projects to create a single export hub, which could qualify for funding from the Australian Government’s 464 million Australian Dollars clean Hydrogen hubs program. First-round bids close on November 22.

Woodside spokesperson Christine Forster said in emailed comments that “Woodside strongly supports a collaborative approach among proponents and with the governments to strengthen Bell Bay as a hub”. “Government support would be needed for its H2TAS project”, the company added. 

ARTICLE: CHAITANYA DIVYESH PATEL

MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE

PHOTO CREDITS: DAILY ADVENT

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