Hunter Valley Hydrogen Hub

May 18th, 2022

Hunter Valley Hydrogen Hub

The project proponents are investigating the establishment of a renewables-based hydrogen hub in the Hunter Valley region of New South Wales.

Main proponents:

Origin Energy, Orica

Main end-use classification:

Under evaluation

Status:

Under development – feasibility study completed

Estimated cost:

AUD$200 million – total project value

Other involvement:

 

Production details:

Based on a 55-megawatt (MW) electrolyser

Location:

New South Wales, Australia

Announced funding:

(Hub implementation)
Up to AUD$41 million – Australian Government Regional Hydrogen Hubs Program – Hub Implementation funding stream

Project description

In February 2022, Origin Energy and Orica announced a partnership to conduct a feasibility study into the viability of a renewables-based hydrogen production facility and associated value chain in the Hunter Valley region of New South Wales.

The feasibility study assessed the production of hydrogen from recycled water and renewable electricity, using a grid-connected 55 MW electrolyser.

Potential uses for the produced hydrogen include in regional mobility, and industrial and manufacturing decarbonisation.

The project is investigating potential future expansion phases, including potential hydrogen export capability.

Origin Energy is the recipient of up to AUD$41 million in support of the Hunter Valley Hydrogen Hub development through the Australian Government’s Regional Hydrogen Hubs Program (Hub Implementation funding stream).

Note: the October 2022-23 federal budget released on 25 October 2022 included a broad support measure of AUD$100 million to support the Port of Newcastle and the Hunter region to become hydrogen-ready.

 

Updated: October 2022