Consortium to explore Australia-Singapore-Japan liquid hydrogen supply chain

The development of a liquefied hydrogen supply chain is vital for the energy transition.

A consortium composed of Woodside Energy Ltd, Keppel Data Centres Holding Pte Ltd, City Energy Pte Ltd (as Trustee of City Energy Trust), Osaka Gas Singapore Pte Ltd and City-OG Gas Energy Services Pte Ltd agreed to study the feasibility of a liquid hydrogen supply chain.

Under the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), the parties will study the feasibility of a long-term, stable supply chain of sustainable liquid hydrogen (LH2) from Western Australia to Singapore and potentially Japan.

The agreement will explore the feasibility of shipping LH2 from Australia to power Keppel data centres in Singapore, with potential applications for other Keppel business units in future.

The agreement follows the announcement of the proposed H2Perth Hydrogen facility in Kwinana, where Woodside will seek to establish a large-scale LH2 and Ammonia export hub. The study is expected to continue until mid-2022, at which juncture the parties will decide on the next phase of their collaboration.

The parties will work collaboratively to explore both the technical and commercial aspects of developing an LH2 supply chain between Western Australia and Singapore, and potentially Japan, through collaboration using their respective expertise and knowledge.

Meg O’Neill, CEO of Woodside, said, “H2Perth is ideally located in Western Australia for shipping to Singapore and Japan, and the project site is close to existing gas, power, water and port infrastructure, as well as a skilled local residential workforce.”

Mr Wong Wai Meng, CEO of Keppel Data Centres, commented, “This collaboration in the upstream LH2 supply chain complements the existing MOUs we have entered with various partners to explore the mid-to-downstream segments, including transportation, storage and regasification.”

Mr Perry Ong, CEO of City Energy and Chairman of City-OG Gas Energy Services, noted, “As the nation’s sole piped town gas provider for more than 870,000 homes and businesses, decarbonising town gas is central to City Energy’s business strategy.”

Mr Motoyuki Hirabayashi, CEO of Osaka Gas Singapore, added, “We would like to contribute to the success of the project by utilising our experience and know-how accumulated through our LNG value chain business, including aggregation of LNG demand.”

Shahkar Ali

Shahkar is the regional representative for Asia covering the hydrogen industry for H2 Bulletin. Please click on the email icon to contact him directly via email or follow him on social media.
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