The prospect of establishing a Hydrogen Hub on Eyre Peninsula, most likely at Whyalla, has greatly improved following the Prime Minister’s latest announcement of an extra $275m to expand the Hydrogen Hub program.
Federal Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey has welcomed the commitment and said, “the response from the States to the Federal Government’s earlier commitment of $70m to establish a hydrogen hub has been very strong with all states and the NT expressing their interest.”
“Consequently, we are now backing the establishment of five hubs instead of one and this of course greatly increases our chances of securing one on the EP at Whyalla, a site where the State Government has already announced investment in upgrading the jetty at Port Bonython and the establishment of a 75MW electrolyser.”
“This is exciting news especially when we consider the joint announcement Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Premier Steven Marshall made in the Clare Valley on Sunday which confirmed a $1bn partnership to invest in technologies to provide cleaner, cheaper and more reliable electricity,” Mr Ramsey said.
“The Premier named hydrogen production, use and export as one of the priorities for this pool of money and it will give them tremendous flexibility to ensure they can assist in bringing the previously announced H2U project to fruition.”
“Whyalla has so much working in its favour, already with abundant and expanding renewable energy generation in the region, it has good connections to the gas and electricity grids and a port capable of being utilised to export hydrogen in an ammonia form,” Mr Ramsey said. “Additionally, Whyalla has a steel plant and with the production of low carbon steel being one of the five goals listed in our Low Emissions Technology Statement we can build a very strong case.”
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April 21, 2021