100+ JOBS: Gladstone chosen for huge hydrogen plant
GLADSTONE has been chosen as the location for The Hydrogen Utility's latest project, a proposed multi-billion-dollar facility to produce green hydrogen and ammonia.
The project will be announced today at a regional hydrogen forum held in Gladstone.
Located at the Gladstone State Development Area, the plant is expected to create more than 100 operational jobs and drive new exports for green hydrogen and ammonia.
Minister for State Development Cameron Dick, who will be in Gladstone today for the forum, said the project would help diversify Gladstone's economy and provide secure, ongoing jobs.
He said through Queensland Government's Economic Development Queensland, H2U has purchased a 171-hectare site at Yarwun, close to the export precinct at Fisherman's Landing.
"With green hydrogen and ammonia emerging as a strong, competitive energy source, we are really pleased that Gladstone is on the radar for companies seeking to establish large-scale industrial projects," Mr Dick said.
H2U founder and chief executive officer Dr Attilio Pigneri said the H2-Hub Gladstone would be built in stages, and once operational would integrate up to 3GW in electrolysis plant, and up to 5000 tonnes per day of ammonia production.
"The integration of mature technologies - such as electrolysis and ammonia synthesis - at industrial scale, powered by 100 per cent renewable power supply, meets the emerging demand for decarbonised products in the energy, chemicals and mobility markets of North Asia," Dr Pigneri said.
"Japan for example, has developed a well-structured, 30-year plan to transition its energy economy, where green hydrogen and ammonia imports will play a key role in the decarbonisation of its power and industry sectors," said Dr Pigneri.
"Queensland with its strong existing trading relationships with Japan is well placed to capitalise on the opportunities from this new industry, including sustained investment in renewable energy generation, and the transition of jobs and skills from extractive resources to a future-proof industry."
He said Gladstone was an obvious choice for the green hydrogen and ammonia plant, because of its existing skill base, industrial port and strategic location in the Queensland grid.
The company hopes to gain approval by 2023 and be operational by 2025.