Hay Point Hydrogen Export (Archived)

April 4th, 2024

Hay Point Hydrogen Export

The project proponents are investigating a proposal for a renewable-based hydrogen production, storage and export facility at the Port of Hay Point, south of Mackay, Queensland.

Main proponents:

Dalrymple Bay Infrastructure Ltd, North Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation, Brookfield Group, ITOCHU Corporation

Main end-use classification:

Export potential – liquid ammonia most appropriate


Archived – study completed

Estimated cost:


Other involvement:


Production details:

Under evaluation


Central Queensland, Australia

Announced funding:


Project description

In August 2021, Dalrymple Bay Infrastructure Limited (DBI) announced that it had executed a Memorandum of Understanding with North Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation (NQBP), the Brookfield Group, and ITOCHU Corporation, to study the potential for a renewable-based hydrogen production, storage and export facility at the Dalrymple Bay Terminal at Hay Point, south of Mackay in Queensland.

The Dalrymple Bay Terminal is an established, deep-water export port, is close to the established Mackay industrial zone and is positioned within one of Queensland’s Renewable Energy Zones.

In February 2022, the project proponents announced the execution of a Funding Agreement for the purposes of financing Phase 1 of the feasibility studies (see ASX announcement of 24 February 2022 by Dalrymple Bay Infrastructure Ltd). The Phase 1 studies will focus on market analysis, the scope and scale of upgrades required to existing port infrastructure, and the renewable energy generating potential of the region surrounding the terminal.

In its 2023 Annual Report, Dalrymple Bay Infrastructure (DBI) noted as follows; “In FY‑23, DBI and its three consortium parties (North Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation Limited, Brookfield Infrastructure Group (Australia) Pty Ltd and Itochu Corporation) jointly funded high‑level engineering studies to understand the potential of the existing DBT infrastructure to store, handle and load liquid ammonia products as a carrier for hydrogen. DBI envisions a future where DBT could become a multi‑user multi‑product terminal, shipping both coal and other products from a range of producers through upgraded infrastructure.” As well noting, “The studies are preliminary, but work to date suggests DBT’s [Dalrymple Bay Terminal] deep water berths and extensive offshore infrastructure would be suitable for the loading of ammonia carriers in parallel with DBT’s existing coal operations. More detailed engineering and commercial assessments will be timed to align with broader developments in the market for hydrogen and green energy products.” (Note: The studies did not examine a specific hydrogen production/full chain project rather an examination of the Terminal’s infrastructure capacity and requirements to support a multi-user multi-product scenario, with a specific focus on hydrogen and its derivatives.)


Updated: April 2024