Major new hydrogen project proposed for WA’s south-east

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A consortium comprising of InterContinental Energy, CWP Global and Mirning Green Energy Limited – a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Mirning Traditional Lands Aboriginal Corporation, is looking to develop a hydrogen hub in Australia which could scale up to become one of the world’s largest renewable energy projects.

When fully operational, the proposed Western Green Energy Hub (WGEH) could produce up to 50 gigawatts of hybrid wind and solar power over 15,000-square-kilometres in South-East Western Australia, across the Shires of Dundas and the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder.

The project is to be built in phases to produce up to 3.5 million tons of zero-carbon green hydrogen or 20 million tons of green ammonia each year, which will be provided domestically and exported internationally as the green fuels market continues to expand post-2030.

Brendan Hammond, Chairman of the Board of WGEH said the project was historic on two fronts.

“First, the scale at which we will be able to deliver green fuels to markets and customers around the world, helping to move us all towards a net-zero future.” Mr Hammond explained.

“Second, and possibly more importantly, the way in which we are working with the Mirning People, the original owners of the land, to create a truly long-term and sustainable multi-generational partnership that delivers enormous socio-economic benefits for the community.

“It is an honour and a privilege to be involved in this groundbreaking project.”

Hydrogen Industry Minister Alannah MacTiernan welcomed the announcement of this major hydrogen proposal, which is supported by the Mirning people.

“The Western Green Energy Hub is a truly massive proposal that would see WA home to one of the world’s largest renewable energy projects,” the Minister said.

“Importantly, this project is a powerful collaboration between the Mirning traditional owners and industry, and would be a transformational opportunity for the community.

“We look forward to continuing to work with the consortium as they develop their detailed studies and move towards an investment decision.

According to Ms MacTiernan, the project proponents have secured a licence to collect data and work to develop the project feasibility on the proposed site.

“Right across WA we are seeing renewable hydrogen projects taking their next steps forward – from the Kimberley to Esperance,” the Minister continued.

“Our State is perfectly positioned to lead the global renewable hydrogen industry, delivering a strong economic future for WA and becoming a major contributor to global decarbonisation.”

Image credit: https://intercontinentalenergy.com/western-green-energy-hub
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