Early Production System: MEG-HP1
Early Production System: MEG-HP1
The project proponents are progressing a renewables-based hydrogen production plant planned to be located in close proximity to the Northam Solar Farm east of Perth, with the hydrogen produced targeted for use in the heavy transport sector.
Infinite Green Energy Ltd, Samsung C&T, Doral Group
|Main end-use classification:
Under development – FEED is completed with detailed design initiated, EPC tender documents being prepared, first production is targeted for early 2025
AUD$110 million – Project (first phase): media reports
10-megawatt (MW) of electrolyser capacity with a production capacity of around 4 tonnes of hydrogen per day
Western Australia, Australia
AUD$5 million – Western Australian Government Investment Attraction Fund
In March 2022, it was announced that Infinite Green Energy (IGE) would acquire the Northam Solar Farm, located approximately 100 kilometres east of Perth. The 11 MW Northam Solar Farm consists of 33,600 solar panels and is constructed over 25 hectares (around 0.25 km2). The Northam facility is already connected to the South West Interconnected System (SWIS) with additional land secured for potential expansion.
The acquisition of the solar farm is a step in support of IGE’s hydrogen project in Northam. The MEG-HP1 hydrogen production plant, equipped with 10 MW electrolysers, would be located in close proximity to the solar farm. The electricity from the existing solar farm, plus planned solar expansion (ranging from 7-13 MW), plus electricity from the grid would be used to produce hydrogen, estimated to be around 4 tonnes per day at full capacity.
Hydrogen production offtake is initially focussed on the heavy transport sector, targeting back-to-base logistics operators and local governments with in-depot refuelling. In August 2022, it was reported that the project proponent would work with Refuel Australia to construct a hydrogen refuelling station at its MEG HP1 project in Northam.
In February 2023, it was announced that the first supply agreement had been executed with a Western Australian waste-to-energy refuge collection company.
In February 2023, it was reported that Samsung C&T would be an equity partner in the project.
In June 2023, it was announced that the Doral Group would also be acquiring an equity stake in the project. The announcement also noted the scope to expand the solar facility to 24 MW, allowing sufficient electricity to run the plant longer in winter days while generating sufficient large-scale generation certificates (LGC) to offset grid electricity.
In July 2023, the Western Australian Government announced a funding award of AUD$5 million towards two five MW electrolysers to establish a hydrogen production eco-system, hydrogen storage compression technology and general construction.
Development and Buildings application has been submitted and is expected to be approved within the next 90-100 days (as of July 2023) where early earthworks are anticipated to commence.
The project proponents are anticipating a final investment decision in 2023 with first hydrogen production targeted for early 2025.
Media reports indicate the first phase of the project is expected to cost AUD$110 million.
Updated: July 2023