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Site selected for multi-billion-dollar hydrogen plant

A location has been set for a proposed multi-billion-dollar chemical complex for the production of green hydrogen and ammonia as an industrial scale.

The Hydrogen Utility’s (H2U) selected Gladstone for the project, called H2-Hub, which has the potential to create more than 100 operational jobs and drive exports for green hydrogen and ammonia.

State Development Minister Cameron Dick said this was great news for the Gladstone community.

“A project of this scale requires a large, accessible site, where complex industrial processing can occur,” Dick said.

“Through the Queensland Government’s land use planning and property development agency, Economic Development Queensland (EDQ), H2U have purchased a 171-hectare site at Yarwun in the Gladstone State Development Area, which is in close proximity to the export precinct at Fisherman’s Landing.

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“With green hydrogen and ammonia emerging as a strong, competitive energy source, we are really pleased that Gladstone is on the radar for companies seeking to establish large-scale industrial projects.”

H2U CEO and Founder Attilio Pigneri said the project will be built in stages to integrate up to 3 Gigawatts in electrolysis plant, and up to 5000 tonnes per day ammonia production capacity.

“The integration of mature technologies – such as electrolysis and ammonia synthesis – at industrial scale, powered by 100 per cent renewable power supply, meets the emerging demand for decarbonised products in the energy, chemicals and mobility markets of North Asia,” Pigneri said.

“Japan for example, has developed a well-structured, 30-year plan to transition its energy economy, where green hydrogen and ammonia imports will play a key role in the decarbonisation of its power and industry sectors.

“Queensland with its strong existing trading relationships with Japan is well placed to capitalise on the opportunities from this new industry, including sustained investment in renewable energy generation, and the transition of jobs and skills from extractive resources to a future-proof industry.”

With the land secured in Gladstone, the project can now move into master planning and detailed feasibility. It aims to be approved by 2023 and begin operations in 2025.

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