Pilbara Hydrogen Hub gets government funding


Tuesday, 20 February, 2024

Pilbara Hydrogen Hub gets government funding

The Commonwealth and WA Governments have announced they have finalised a $140 million agreement to build a hydrogen hub in the Pilbara in Western Australia.

The Pilbara Hydrogen Hub will be a major centre for hydrogen production and export, with the potential to become an international gateway to Australian-made green steel and iron, according to a joint press release. It will support around almost 1000 direct and indirect jobs, including for builders, concreters, electricians, plumbers, fitters and technicians.

Construction on the road and intersection will start this year, with the hub becoming operational in mid-2028. A planned pipeline could enable hydrogen production of around 492,000 tonnes per year — enough to decarbonise existing ammonia production on the Burrup Peninsula.

The combined $140 million investment ($70 million each from the Commonwealth and WA Governments) will help build infrastructure to support hydrogen exports and renewable energy production, as well as fund activities for a Clean Energy Training and Research Institute. The institute will provide practical, job-focused training in renewable energy and hydrogen for Pilbara residents, including First Nations peoples.

The project will take place in the Pilbara, on the traditional lands of the Ngarluma and Kariyarra people. This also includes Murujuga, where the traditional custodians are represented by the Murujuga Aboriginal Corporation.

Western Australian Premier Roger Cook said the hub was a key part of his government’s plan to turn WA into a global clean energy powerhouse.

“When it comes to producing and exporting world-leading products at a global scale, WA leads the way,” he said. “This project will be WA-produced hydrogen on Asia’s doorstep, helping to strengthen and diversify our economy for the future.”

Minister for Climate Change and Energy Chris Bowen said the hub would ensure the Pilbara’s future as a major energy producer and exporter.

“This hub will bring a new clean energy industry to the Pilbara, supporting the region’s world-class industries well into the future,” he said. “WA is already a global mining and export powerhouse, and it’s now primed to become a world-leading hydrogen supplier as well.”

By 2050, Australia’s hydrogen industry is projected to generate $50 billion in additional GDP and create over 16,000 jobs in regional Australia, including in WA. The industry is also expected to create an additional 13,000 jobs from the construction of renewable energy infrastructure.

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