Woodside Energy Ltd (Woodside) and Keppel Data Centres Holding Pte Ltd (Keppel Data Centres) have signed a non-binding Heads of Agreement (HOA) to evaluate the potential supply of liquid hydrogen to Singapore from Woodside’s portfolio of planned production facilities, including its proposed H2Perth facility in Perth, Western Australia.
The HOA provides a pathway for the parties to jointly develop further commercial principles for key hydrogen supply chain agreements. The HOA references the potential purchase of approximately 1000 tonnes per day of liquid hydrogen by Keppel Data Centres as early as 2030, when the parties anticipate the associated production technologies and shipping systems will reach maturity.
It is envisaged that a hydrogen supply chain will benefit Keppel Data Centres’ data centre facilities, including its planned Datapark+, which is envisioned to be an energy-efficient data centre park development in Singapore. Using hydrogen instead of more carbon-intensive energy sources has the potential to reduce emissions generated by data centres.
At the HOA signing in Singapore, Mr Shaun Gregory pointed to Woodside’s proven track record as an energy supplier to the region and its liquid hydrogen experience being developed through its work on the proposed H2OK project for the U.S. domestic market, as well as H2Perth.
“Woodside has more than 30 years of experience cooling, storing and transporting large volumes of gas. Liquefying hydrogen provides the opportunity to export energy that can contribute to the decarbonisation goals of customers and provide an economic and trade opportunity that supports the Singapore-Australia Green Economy Agreement”, he said.
Mr Wong Wai Meng said, “We are investing to create a sustainable future for data centres through innovative lower-carbon solutions. Access to a stable supply of hydrogen to power our data centres in Singapore will accelerate our decarbonisation efforts as we transition towards net zero emissions. We look forward to deepening our collaboration with Woodside to explore ways to reduce emissions and make a positive environmental impact.”
The HOA follows the conclusion of feasibility studies the parties began in late-2021.