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    Woodside plans hydrogen facility in Perth

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The project is expected to produce 1,500 metric tons/day of hydrogen.

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Woodside plans hydrogen facility in Perth

Australia’s Woodside, with the support of the Western Australia government, plans to establish a hydrogen and ammonia production facility in southern metropolitan Perth, it said on October 25.

The proposed project, named H2Perth, would be built on approximately 130 hectares of vacant industrial land to be leased from the state in the Kwinana Strategic Industrial Area and Rockingham Industry Zone.

H2Perth is a phased development that, at full potential, would be one of the largest facilities of its kind in the world, Woodside said. It would produce up to 1,500 metric tons/day of hydrogen for export in the form of ammonia and liquid hydrogen.

Apart from focusing on hydrogen export from Western Australia in the second half of the decade, Woodside is aiming to support the state initiatives to stimulate local hydrogen demand, particularly in the transport sector and among local heavy industry. Local refuelling stations can be built independently of the export project timelines and could operate as early as 2023, subject to approvals and customer demand, it said.

“Building in this location is not just about hydrogen. H2Perth will also facilitate substantial growth of renewables in Western Australia by providing to the grid a flexible and stabilising load that benefits uptake of intermittent renewable electricity by households and local industry. We will also be supporting local manufacturing jobs and opportunities,” Woodside CEO Meg O’Neill said.

The company will now begin community engagement on the project along with detailed progress with customers. Subject to necessary commercial and regulatory approvals, and a final investment decision, construction is estimated to start in 2024, it said.