Big players sign on to South Australia’s clean hydrogen future

South Australia’s first large-scale clean hydrogen production precinct has taken a major step with five major companies signing Development Agreements to use the facility.

The Port Bonython Hydrogen Hub, South Australia’s pioneering large-scale clean hydrogen production precinct, has reached a significant milestone as five major corporations have committed to utilising the facility by signing Development Agreements.

Located near Whyalla in the Upper Spencer Gulf, the Port Bonython Hydrogen Hub is a common user facility for the production and export of hydrogen, and an integral part of South Australia’s first-mover strategy to enter the global hydrogen market.

With progress accelerating at the Port Bonython Hydrogen Hub and preparations underway on the $593 million State Government-funded Hydrogen Jobs Plan, South Australia is ideally positioned to become a world-class low-cost hydrogen leader.

The Malinauskas Government’s has signed Development Agreemenst with esteemed project partners—Amp Energy, Fortescue Energy, The Hydrogen Utility (H2U), Origin Energy, and Santos.

“South Australia is already a leader in the global energy transformation, and with some of the world’s best wind and solar resources, we have a competitive edge to produce renewable hydrogen,” Premier Peter Malinauskas said.

“Our Government has recognised this unique opportunity and is investing in South Australia’s renewable future through the world-leading Hydrogen Jobs Plan and the Port Bonython Hydrogen Hub.”

These pivotal Development Agreements furnish a definitive pathway for the project partners to secure long-term leases on land within the Port Bonython precinct. Endeavours continue to progress feasibility studies and preliminary design works for envisioned hydrogen projects, underscoring a collaborative effort with the Office of Hydrogen Power SA to delineate infrastructure prerequisites and expedite essential environmental assessments.

Facilitated by the Australian Government’s substantial financial backing amounting to $70 million, infrastructure development at the hub surges forth through meticulous master planning. This concerted endeavor aims to fortify common-user infrastructure solutions, encompassing the domains of marine export infrastructure, electricity transmission, and water supply, thereby consolidating the hub’s operational efficacy and resilience.

“The progression of the Port Bonython Hydrogen Hub is welcomed by Amp Energy as part of Amp’s South Australian hydrogen portfolio that includes the Cape Hardy Green Hydrogen Hub,” Amp Energy President and Co-Founder Paul Ezekiel.

“We are pleased to collaborate with the Government of South Australia in advancing the development of the Port Bonython Hydrogen Hub, underscoring our commitment to sustainable energy solutions and collective progress toward a greener future.

Amp’s development of transmission-connected green hydrogen and ammonia production facilities at these two strategic sites in South Australia is critical to our continued global growth and long-term strategy.”

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