Early indicators from the studies suggest that the area has a significant and high-capacity factor onshore and offshore renewable energy resources that are well positioned to support green hydrogen production.

As well as this, the project has the significant potential to deliver both blue and green hydrogen for both domestic consumption and export through leveraging both these resources.

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The objective of the Mid West Blue Hydrogen and CCS study is to assess the carbon capture, storage and use potential of the Cliff Head oil project and additional reservoirs across the broader Perth Basin.

This will also explore the production and commercialisation of blue hydrogen via the provision of carbon management services and sale of hydrogen.

The selected development projects identified by the studies will form the basis for future FEED studies, partnering and other corporate initiatives.

The study will also target several infrastructure projects that will support the progression of hydrogen.

These future infrastructure projects may include a carbon pipeline and injection facility, blue hydrogen plants, CCS sites, offshore and onshore wind, solar, renewable hydrogen plant, substation, transmissions lines and hydrogen pipeline.

So far, the studies have highlighted a range of potential project development strategies including options to develop projects with and without leveraging the Cliff Head project infrastructure.

It is believed that by supporting these projects, the Mid West could become a hub for hydrogen helping local business to transition to cleaner energy.

The Policy Pillar – Australia: Dr. Alan Finkel on Australia’s hydrogen ambitions

It was in mid-2017 that people started asking Dr. Alan Finkel, then chief scientist of Australia, about hydrogen. Back then, he wasn’t quite the hydrogen evangelist he is today.

“I had just finished chairing the review of the Australian national electricity market. After the review finished, people literally asked me, ‘Now that you’ve finished the electricity review, Alan, what are you going to do about hydrogen?’ My initial answer was ‘Nothing at all!’ But the question wouldn’t go away,” Finkel, now Special Adviser to the Australian Government on Low Emission Technology, explained to H2 View.

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