The Port of Newcastle Green Hydrogen Hub Project received a further vote of confidence following an announcement by The Hon Angus Taylor MP, Minister for Industry, Energy and Emissions Reduction, that the project will receive $41 million in funding.
The project is a joint venture with Macquarie Capital and Macquarie’s Green Investment Group and is currently progressing through an ARENA funded feasibility study. The project is being developed with a phase one minimum 40MW electrolyser that could increase to a capacity of over 1 GW.
The project has been working with a range of project partners to develop a comprehensive range of use cases for green hydrogen in the Hunter, building on the region’s strong industrial heritage. These include mobility, bunkering, energy production and industrial uses at the scale necessary to position the Hunter at the centre of the emerging global green hydrogen opportunity.
The funding announcement positions Port of Newcastle as a leading site to establish a hydrogen hub, with connectivity to domestic and export infrastructure, proximate demand, and access to renewable energy.
Craig Carmody, CEO, Port of Newcastle said, “This funding is a vote of confidence by the Federal Government, which recognises the role of the Port as a key player in the emerging global green hydrogen economy.”
By 2025, it is expected to have Phase 1 of the Hydrogen Hub completed, which will benefit a range of local industries and position the Hunter Region to be a key player in the emerging hydrogen opportunity.
This funding also complements the recent $100 million in Federal Government funding for hydrogen readiness, which will focus on preparing the land and infrastructure, while the DISER funding provides the platform for a ready transition to Phase 1 construction.
Kate Vidgen, Macquarie Green Investment Group’s Global Head of Industrial Transition and Clean Fuels, commented, “The importance of hydrogen as a decarbonisation pathway continues to emerge globally.”