Hexagon Energy Materials Limited, an Australian clean energy company, has commissioned Genesis, a subsidiary of Technip Energies company, to conduct a pre-feasibility study of the Pedirka Blue Hydrogen Project this year.
The Pedirka Blue Hydrogen Project is located around 200 km southeast of Alice Springs in Australia’s Northern Territory. Hexagon plans to use a conventional surface gasification plant to produce blue hydrogen for export and domestic markets. The project is in proximity to oil and gas infrastructure, supporting large-scale hydrogen gas production with carbon capture, utilisation, and storage (CCUS).
The scope of the study will encompass all aspects of the project business case, from coal feedstock extraction through to transport of product to port.
Genesis will conduct a full technical assessment of the potential concepts for developing the Pedirka Project, covering technical requirements, risks and opportunities, the scope for further development and capital expenditure estimates.
The study will priorities construction strategies; power for the facility (including renewable energy options); water supply; waste and bi-product treatment and management; finalisation of technology for each process of gasification; air separation and ammonia synthesis; CO2 injection locations; transportation solutions for coal, CO2 and ammonia; and rail infrastructure for mine, plant and port.
Charles Whitfield, Hexagon’s Chairman, said, “The potential bonus arising from our relationship with Genesis is that it could extend beyond Pedirka’s PFS stage, with Genesis well-credentialled to also act as Project Integrator.”
Christophe Malaurie, Senior VP of Genesis, said, “This project represents an ideal opportunity to showcase our techno-economic skills and experience in decarbonisation, hydrogen and ammonia and to build a lasting relationship with Hexagon to bring this innovative project to fruition.”
Technip Energies has consultancy experience in both the energy and hydrogen fields and has been responsible for over 270 hydrogen production plants worldwide, including BlueH2 by T.En, a full suite of deeply decarbonised and affordable solutions for hydrogen production.
In early May 2021, Hexagon announced completing AU$ 6.2 million in a placement of new fully paid ordinary shares to institutional and sophisticated investors to fund pre-feasibility study and advancement of the Pedirka Blue Hydrogen project. The Placement was achieved at an issue price of $0.11 per share and was bid by both domestic and overseas investors.