The Gladstone project has a planned capacity of up to 3GW in electrolysis which can also be turned into around 5,000 tonnes of green ammonia per day. This facility will utilise 100% renewable energy from newly built solar and wind farms.

Involved within this project is both The Hydrogen Utility (H2U) and mining and infrastructure developer Orica.

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To support the development of the project, the two companies have additionally signed an agreement to develop a master plan study to explore opportunities to offtake domestic green ammonia.

With this, the Port of Gladstone could integrate a green ammonia export terminal enabling the clean fuel to enter various markets in Asia and across the globe.

This again showcases the potential of hydrogen and why it is vital to scale the production capacity in order to support various markets and industries in decarbonising.

The master plan study will run for around six months with front-end engineering and development approval activities scheduled to commence at the back end of 2022.

The financial investment decision for the Activation phase of development is scheduled by 30 June 2023. With the H2-Hub™ Gladstone scheduled for operational activity to begin in 2025, with the latter Expansion phase to take place between 2027-2030.

Glenn Butcher, Minister for Regional Development and Manufacturing, Minister for Water and Member for Gladstone, said, “These partnerships are highlighting the benefits of investing into Queensland’s regions and creating jobs for the future.

“Being able to leverage off existing Orica ammonia storage capacity and the associated connecting infrastructure in the Gladstone State Development Area is an added benefit of this fantastic project.

“This was a key step for the project, the State Development Area has the eco-system to deliver a project of this scale.”

Germán Morales, President of Australia Pacific and Asia at Orica, said, “This partnership forms a critical milestone for the H2-Hub™ Gladstone project, and we look forward to working alongside H2U to define opportunities to progress the project and contribute to a more sustainable future for the region.”

Attilio Pigneri, founder and CEO of H2U, said, “We look forward to working with Orica, the Port of Gladstone, and the Queensland Government to establish Gladstone as a globally leading hub in the emerging green hydrogen and green ammonia export market, and to secure new long-term jobs and economic growth for Central Queensland.”


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