Methanol Synthesis Utilising Renewable Hydrogen

April 6th, 2022

Methanol Synthesis Utilising Renewable Hydrogen

A feasibility study is assessing if carbon feedstock from unrecyclable waste combined with renewable hydrogen can support a restart of methanol manufacturing in Victoria.

Main proponents:

HAMR Energy, Bingo Industries

Main end-use classification:

Methanol production


Under development

Estimated cost:

Feasibility study: AUD$154,451

Other involvement:


Production details:



Victoria, Australia

Announced funding:

Feasibility study: AUD$57,173 – Victorian Government Renewable Hydrogen Business Ready Fund

Project description

In 2016, the only Australian methanol production facility in Laverton, a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, closed down due to the inability to secure long-term gas supply.

Hydrogen is needed in the methanol manufacturing process. A feasibility study is investigating if renewable hydrogen can be used as an alternative to hydrogen created from steam methane reforming in methanol manufacturing. The focus of the study is on the use of hydrogen, the feasibility and the impact that its introduction has on the economics of a waste to methanol plant. The study will examine facilities/works located in the Laverton North area of Melbourne.

The Victorian Government is supporting the feasibility study through an award of AUD$57,173 through its Renewable Hydrogen Business Ready Fund.

It is anticipated that the study will be completed by the end of 2022.


Reviewed: October 2022