According to The Australian Financial Review, Origin Energy has advanced its ambitions to build a multibillion-dollar green hydrogen export business in Queensland, signing a preliminary deal to use the port of Townsville to ship cargoes ahead of the expected start of design work later this year.
The accord with the Port of Townsville envisages collaboration to potentially expand the facility, develop a plant to liquefy hydrogen and build a new berth and other infrastructure.
Origin in November revealed a target of 2021 to start engineering on a hydrogen export project in Townsville, where it is partnered by Japanese giant Kawasaki Heavy Industries. The project would involve a 300-megawatt electrolyser that would produce 36,500 tonnes a year of liquid hydrogen for export and domestic supply.
The Japanese heavy industrial manufacturer will provide key strategic technology for the Townsville project, which is expected to be joined by other partners as it progresses. It is developing semi-commercial-scale ships that would transport the liquid hydrogen to Japan, with exports targeted to begin in the mid-2020s.
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