[MEDIA RELEASE] Renewable Hydrogen Feasibility Studies

Renewable Hydrogen Feasibility Studies

Having successful hydrogen proponents based in Northern Tasmania is terrific news for the region, Northern Tasmania Development Corporation says.

The state government today announced $2.6 million for feasibility studies for three renewable hydrogen projects, two of which are based at Bell Bay.

NTDC chief executive Mark Baker welcomed the state government’s announcement of feasibility studies for three large-scale renewable hydrogen projects.

The projects are:

  • Origin Energy’s export scale green hydrogen and ammonia plant producing about 420,000 tonnes of green ammonia per annum, expected to be located at Bell Bay
  • ABEL Energy’s 100 MW green hydrogen and methanol for export project at Bell Bay
  • Grange Resources’ 90-100 MW renewable hydrogen project to provide process heat at its Port Latta facility.

Mr Baker said hydrogen production had the potential to be a game-changer for Northern Tasmania, employing thousands of people and further cementing the state’s renewable energy reputation.

“Bell Bay is perfectly placed to maximise employment, access to power and water and export opportunities,” he said.

“The precinct is well-known for its industry and innovation and has a supportive business culture in organisations such as the Bell Bay Advanced Manufacturing Zone, George Town Chamber of Commerce and George Town Council.

“With Bell Bay’s workforce largely split three ways between George Town, West Tamar and Launceston municipalities, it is significant news for the greater Tamar Valley region.”

Tasmania has set an ambitious but achievable goal of producing renewable hydrogen for the local market by 2022-2024, building to exports by 2025-2027 and becoming a global producer and exporter by 2030.

“Tasmania has what the world wants – clean and renewable energy and abundant water supply, which are the key ingredients for green hydrogen,” Mr Baker said.

“As major international players look to de-carbonise their economies, Tasmania has a competitive advantage it is laying the groundwork to maximise this emerging opportunity.”