Mid West Clean Energy Project

February 17th, 2024

Mid West Clean Energy Project (MWCEP)

The project proponent is evaluating progressing the development of a CO2 convective reforming process with integrated CO2 storage and renewables-based hydrogen production and ammonia export complex in the mid-west region of Western Australia.

Main proponents:

Pilot Energy

Main end-use classification:

Export focussed – ammonia production


Under development

Estimated cost:


Other involvement:


Production details:

Hydrogen production using CO2 convective reforming process with over one million tonnes per annum of integrated excess carbon storage capacity for third party use and renewables-based hydrogen to initially produce up to 220,000 tonnes per annum of low-carbon hydrogen. Expansions are targeting up to 450,000 tonnes per annum.


Western Australia, Australia

Announced funding:


Project description

In 2022 Pilot Energy initiated the MWCEP to leverage its existing operational asset base into the production of clean energy. The MWCEP is a clean ammonia export project aiming to produce up to 1.2 million tonnes per annum of clean ammonia from 220,000 tonnes per annum of hydrogen production, with a targeted production start date of 2028.

The project includes a fully integrated CO2 storage operation through the conversion of the operating Cliff Head offshore oil field (which is located 120 kilometres south of Geraldton on the mid-west coast of Western Australia). Carbon capture and storage enables the production of blue hydrogen with the proposed hydrogen production technology integrating the production of green hydrogen and ammonia. The project would be designed to incorporate the supply of hydrogen into the Western Australian domestic market.

The CO2 storage development aims to provide over one million tonnes per annum of permanent carbon storage for third parties starting from 2026 capturing both third party industrial CO2 emissions as well as around 99% of any CO2 generated by the MWCEP.

The project is targeting production of 1.2 million tonnes per annum of clean ammonia for export by 2028, sourced from combined blue and green hydrogen production facilities (the latter using self-sourced industrial water supply and behind-the meter renewables).

Project materials can be found at the Investor Briefing – AGM presentation of 6 February 2024.


Updated: February 2024