3 feasibility studies will be conducted into possible large scale hydrogen production in Tasmania.
Origin Energy, ABEL Energy and Grange Resources will share in $2.6 million in grants to undertake the work.
It's funded under the state government's $50 million Tasmanian Renewable Hydrogen Industry Development Funding Program, which aims to turn the Apple Isle into a renewable hydrogen powerhouse, both selling and using the clean gas.
Two of the three companies are eying production in the Bell Bay Advanced Manufacturing Zone; Origin's export scale green hydrogen and ammonia plant would produce around 420,000 tonnes of green ammonia per annum, while ABEL Energy’s looking into a 100 MW project for green hydrogen and methanol export.
Grange Resources’ is contemplating a 90-100 MW renewable hydrogen project to provide process heat at its Port Latta facility in the North West.
Minister for Energy Guy Barnett has also announced Fortescue Metals Group’s potential development of a 250MW hydrogen and green ammonia production facility at Bell Bay, with a decision to be made next year
“Subject to this decision, the project has the potential to create more than 350 construction jobs and 100 operational roles for the initial phase. Using Tasmania’s renewable energy resources, there is opportunity for further expansion,” Minister Barnett said.
“It’s more confirmation of Tasmania’s competitive advantages in renewable hydrogen production, based on our low-cost, abundant and reliable renewable energy resources, our access to plentiful fresh water and our prime ‘hydrogen hub’ locations such as the Bell Bay Advanced Manufacturing Zone."
“BBAMZ have been preparing for a Hydrogen future for Bell Bay and these announcements show our vision and hard work coming to fruition”, said Chair Leigh Darcy.