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 underway

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 Clean Hydrogen Industrial 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 Australia.

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

Potential uses for the produced hydrogen in regional mobility, industrial and manufacturing applications are under investigation.

Project design would allow the hydrogen production facility to be scaled up through subsequent phases offering future expansion, including potential hydrogen export capability.

Future stages may also include investigating the feasibility of converting the local gas distribution network to 100% hydrogen to further support a hydrogen supply chain in the region.

In April 2022, under the 2022 federal election caretaker arrangements, it was announced that Origin Energy was recipient of up to AUD$41 million in support of the Hunter Valley Hydrogen Hub development  through the Clean Hydrogen Industrial Hubs Program (Hub Implementation funding stream).

 

This description was reviewed by a project proponent in May 2022.