Port Bonython Hydrogen Hub

August 31st, 2022

Port Bonython Hydrogen Hub

A large-scale hydrogen export hub is under evaluation at the existing Port Bonython hydrocarbon-based export facility in South Australia.

Main proponents:

Government of South Australia (Project lead on behalf of itself and project partners)

Main end-use classification:

Export focussed, including hydrogen derivatives (e.g., ammonia)

Status:

Under development

Estimated cost:

 

Other involvement:

Fortescue Future Industries, Origin Energy, Santos, H2U, Chiyoda, ENEOS, Mitsubishi, AMP Energy

Production details:

Under evaluation

Location:

South Australia, Australia

Announced funding:

Up to AUD$70 million to support establishment of the Port Bonython Hydrogen Hub – Australian Government Regional Hydrogen Hubs Program – Hub Implementation funding stream.

Project description

Port Bonython is located in the Eyre Peninsula region of South Australia, approximately 16 kilometres from Whyalla in the Upper Spencer Gulf.  Presently, Port Bonython facilitates the export of products from the Cooper Basin oil fields. Major commodities handled include crude oil, liquid propane and butane.

The State Government is seeking to establish a large-scale hydrogen export hub at Port Bonython to build on existing infrastructure and resources.

In May 2021, the Government of South Australia called for Expressions of Interest to develop land around Port Bonython to create a multi-user industrial and export facility, and support Government efforts in the development of a hydrogen hub at the site.

In October 2021, the Government announced it had selected a short-list of seven projects to support development of an export hub for hydrogen. In March 2022, the Government announced key partners in the development of a hydrogen export hub, including companies from Australia, Japan and Canada. These companies would contribute to the design and implementation of common user infrastructure such as upgrades to the port, common user last mile pipelines and storage, access roads etc., in parallel with developing their own projects.

The Government has tendered to engage a Design and Development advisor to assist with planning the establishment of a hydrogen hub at Port Bonython.

Up to AUD$70 million in funding has been awarded to support establishment of the Port Bonython Hydrogen Hub under the Australian Government’s Regional Hydrogen Hubs Program – Hub Implementation funding stream. The South Australian Government was lead applicant on behalf of itself and project partners. The announced funding would contribute towards delivery of common user infrastructure at Port Bonython.

The state government has allocated $37 million from the 2020/21 state budget to upgrade the Port Bonython jetty.

 

Updated: October 2022