The Australian energy producer today (Jan 18) said it has started front-end engineering design (FEED), having awarded the contract to contract to Kellogg, Brown & Root (KBR) in December last year (2021).

If the project is given the go-ahead, Woodside hopes to construct an initial 290MW facility, producing up to 90 tonnes of liquid hydrogen daily, at the Westport Industrial Park in Ardmore.

Looking beyond this, the facility has capacity for expansion up to 550MW and 180 tonnes per day.

Hydrogen produced at the site will support the heavy transport sector.

Meg O’Neill, CEO of Woodside, said, “We are excited about the H2OK opportunity, given H2OK’s strategic location close to national highways and the supply chain infrastructure of major companies already looking for reliable, affordable and lower carbon sources of energy.

“Coupled with our recently announced target to invest $5bn in new energy products and lower carbon services by 2030, this FEED entry supports Woodside’s strategy to thrive through the energy transition.”

Woodside hope to have a final investment decision on the project in the second half of this year (2022), with the first liquid hydrogen being produced in 2025.


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