Orica and Origin announced a partnership to assess opportunities to collaborate on developing a green hydrogen production facility and associated value chain in the Hunter Valley.
Under the MoU, Orica and Origin will conduct a feasibility study into the viability of a green hydrogen production facility, or ‘Hunter Valley Hydrogen Hub’, and downstream value chain opportunities.
The feasibility study will assess ways an industrial hydrogen hub could enable use cases that support a meaningful green hydrogen industry in the Hunter Valley and beyond. This includes the supply of hydrogen for heavy industry and transport, conversion into green ammonia at Orica’s existing Kooragang Island manufacturing facility, blending hydrogen into natural gas pipelines, and the potential to stimulate Australia’s hydrogen export industry.
The proposed hub would produce green hydrogen from recycled water sources and renewable electricity, using a grid-connected 55MW electrolyser.
Both organisations are committed to leveraging an existing portfolio of renewable generation assets, accessible land, infrastructure including ammonia manufacturing, storage and distribution facilities, and teams with extensive operational and commercial capabilities.
Sanjeev Gandhi, CEO of Orica, said, “This partnership aligns with our corporate strategy and our ambition to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050, and our target to reduce our scope 1 and 2 operational emissions by at least 40% by 2030.”