The Suiso Frontier, the world’s first liquefied hydrogen carrier, has marked a significant milestone in the Hydrogen Energy Supply Chain (HESC) Pilot Project.
The carrier departed Victoria on Friday 28th January and enabled the safe transport of liquefied hydrogen in large quantities from the Port of Hastings, Victoria, to Kobe, Japan.
Coregas was contracted in this $500 million project, backed by the Japanese and Australian governments, providing engineering consultancy, onsite support, and equipment for the gasification plant at Loy Yang in the LaTrobe Valley and the state-of-the-art liquefaction and loading facility at nearby Port of Hastings.
For the pilot project, 99.999% pure hydrogen has been produced from Latrobe Valley coal and biomass via gasification, trucked to Hastings, cooled to -253 degrees and subsequently liquified to less than 800 times its gaseous volume to create highly valuable liquefied hydrogen.
Coregas provided oxygen, nitrogen, helium, and calibration gases to both facilities, the hydrogen compressor for the gasification plant, and transportation services to move both liquefied and gaseous hydrogen. It was responsible for the operation and maintenance of the liquefaction plant on a 24/7 shift basis. Coregas engineers were also responsible for loading the Suiso Frontier with liquefied hydrogen.
The Australian-Japan HESC partnership will create 30,000 full-time jobs across the Gippsland and Mornington Peninsula regions over the project’s life.
The vessel is built by Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI), and other members in the consortium include Electric Power Development Co. Ltd. (J-Power), Iwatani Corporation, Marubeni Corporation, AGL and Sumitomo Corporation.