The NSW Government has signed a $45 million funding agreement to build the Hunter Valley Hydrogen Hub on Kooragang Island.
The development will bring the state’s total to three Hydrogen Hubs.
The project will be led by Origin Energy Future Fuels with funding from both the federal and state governments.
It is expected to become a regional foundation of the hydrogen industry, accelerating NSW’s shift towards clean technologies and net zero.
The Hunter Valley Hydrogen Hub will produce green hydrogen through electrolysis (splitting water), which can be used to store energy and as a feedstock in industrial processes.
The Hub will initially deliver approximately 55 megawatts of electrolyser capacity by 2026, with an aim to scale up to over 1 gigawatt of capacity over the next decade.
The hydrogen produced by the Hub will be used by industry, with the majority going to Orica’s nearby ammonia manufacturing facility to help decarbonise its operations.
Hydrogen will also be made available to transport customers through onsite and satellite refuelling stations.
The project is expected to deliver up to 150 direct (construction and ongoing) jobs and up to 65 indirect construction jobs in the Hunter region.
For more on this topic:
- May 2023: Port of Newcastle backs Hydrogen Hub
- Dec 2022: $100m investment in Hunter’s green hydrogen
- April 2022: Hunter Hydrogen Funding erupts in war of words
- March 2022: Hunter Hydrogen Hub taking shape
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