According to The Australian Financial Review, Dalrymple Bay Infrastructure has ditched ideas to potentially build a hydrogen plant and will investigate making ammonia instead, boss Anthony Timbrell said, as the Queensland export port’s annual net profit halved to $69 million.
The company, which operates the Dalrymple Bay export terminal, has been examining the possibility of building a hydrogen plant to diversify away from coal.
But the difficulty of keeping liquid hydrogen at the required temperature of about minus 253 degrees Celsius in tropical north Queensland was “a bit of a challenge”, Mr Timbrell told The Australian Financial Review.
“So we’ve taken the decision that given our berths sit about four kilometres offshore, liquid ammonia at about minus 30 degrees Celsius would be a much easier proposition,” he said. “That’s where we will be directing most of our feasibility work.”
Feasibility studies are expected to start in the next few months.
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