Grange Resources Renewable Hydrogen Study

May 25th, 2022

The project proponent has completed a pre-feasibility study to assess the potential for renewables-based hydrogen to replace natural gas for process heating at a pelletising facility at Port Latta, Tasmania.
Main proponents:

Grange Resources (Tasmania) Pty Ltd

Main end-use classification:

Industrial process heating

Status:

Study completed

Estimated cost:

 

Other involvement:

 

Production details:

Under evaluation

Location:

Tasmania, Australia

Announced funding:

 

Project description

Grange Resources owns and operates an integrated iron ore mining and pellet production business, located in the north-west region of Tasmania.

The pellet plant and port facility are located 50 kilometres north-west of Burnie, a port city on the north-west coast of Tasmania.

The project proponent has completed a pre-feasibility study to investigate the potential to use renewables-based hydrogen to replace natural gas for industrial process heat purposes at its Port Latta pelletising plant.

If the fuel replacement opportunity proves to be technically and commercially feasible, it is estimated  that a renewable hydrogen production facility in the order of 90-100 megawatts (MW) would be required to meet Port Latta’s full demand.

The pre-feasibility concluded “…that it was technically feasible to operate the Port Latta facility on Hydrogen, with no impact on product make or quality. The study also identified the key commercial drivers which would need to be achieved to make the project commercially feasible….”.  Grange Resources Annual Report 2021, Pages 10-11

Milestones

November 2020: The feasibility study for this project is one of three feasibility studies to which funds were allocated in November 2020 by the Tasmanian Government under its AUD$20 million Tasmanian Renewable Hydrogen Fund (part of the wider AUD$50 million Tasmanian Renewable Hydrogen Industry Development Funding Program).

 

Updated: May 2022