The Western Australia government will provide $117.5 million (US$ 83.9) in funding in two hydrogen projects in the Pilbara and Mid-West regions.
The Pilbara Hydrogen Hub plan involves the development of a hydrogen or ammonia pipeline connecting the Maitland and Burrup strategic industrial areas, creating a Clean Energy Training and Research Institute based out of both Karratha and Port Hedland, and port upgrades to facilitate export opportunities.
The Mid West’s Clean Hydrogen Hub proposal includes the construction of renewable energy and road infrastructure at the Oakajee Strategic Industrial Area, connecting the area to power and water, and developing hydrogen refuelling infrastructure.
Both projects will create around 2,000 skilled and semi-skilled jobs across the state.
The government bids are supported by major resources industry companies including Woodside, Fortescue Future Industries, BP Australia, ATCO Australia, Australian Gas Infrastructure Group, Yara Pilbara, Engie, Rio Tinto and InterContinental Energy.
Premier Mark McGowan said, “The Pilbara and Mid-West are second to none among regions around the country in offering the competitive advantages needed to drive successful local hydrogen industries.
Hydrogen Industry Minister Alannah MacTiernan, added, “We want to partner with the Federal Government to embrace this job-creating opportunity for Western Australia, which will make a significant contribution to global efforts towards net-zero emissions.”