Queenslanders’ comments solicited for planned hydrogen hub facility

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The Queensland government is seeking public feedback on the H2-Hub Gladstone proposal to develop a $4.7 billion green hydrogen and green ammonia production and export facility at Yarwun. 

The state coordinator-general has now released draft terms of reference for the H2-Hub Gladstone project’s environmental impact statement, allowing the public to comment on the project. 

“I announced in April that the project had been declared a coordinated project and that H2U and Orica had made a strategic partnership agreement to initiate the project’s first phase. This is another step forward,” Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development Steven Miles said in a statement. 

The H2-Hub Gladstone project, which will be built by Hydrogen Utility (H2U), is expected to have a capacity of up to 3 GW of electrolysis and produce up to 5,000 tonnes per day of green ammonia. 

The facility is part of the state government’s goal of attracting investments and creating good secure jobs in traditional and emerging industries, such as hydrogen, according to Miles. 

The H2U project is expected to create over 550 jobs during construction, with 350 positions needed during the peak construction phase and 140 during ongoing operational jobs. 

Minister for Energy Renewables and Hydrogen Mick de Brenni said the proposed facility will use 100 per cent renewable energy from new-build solar and wind resources in the Queensland region. 

“Projects like this help to propel Queensland towards becoming a clean energy powerhouse,” said de Brenni. “This project presents export opportunities for green ammonia at the Port of Gladstone, creating even more opportunities in Gladstone.”

Subject to approvals, H2U plans to begin the first stage of construction in 2023, with production commencing towards the end of 2025. 

Queensland residents have until 13 September to turn in their comments on the draft terms of reference at haveyoursay.dsd.qld.gov.au.