South Australian Government Hydrogen Facility (Renamed Project)

September 15th, 2022

South Australian Government Hydrogen Facility

The South Australian Government has committed AUD$593 million in capital funding for the development of a hydrogen production, generation and storage facility in the Whyalla local government area.

Main proponents:

The Office of Hydrogen Power South Australia has been established to oversee initial implementation phases. A new South Australian government business enterprise will be established to own and operate the plant once built.

Main end-use classification:

Power use

Status:

Under development

Estimated cost:

AUD$593 million – project estimate

Other involvement:

 

Production details:

250 MWe electrolyser capacity

Location:

South Australia, Australia

Announced funding:

Project funding included in the South Australian 2022-23 budget

Project description

(This project was previously titled ‘Whyalla Region Hydrogen Power Station’)

In June 2022, in the 2022-23 State Budget, a ‘Hydrogen Jobs Plan’ was announced with AUD$593 million allocated over four years for the establishment of a new hydrogen facility including electrolysers, hydrogen-fuelled power generation and hydrogen storage capacity in the Whyalla region.

The project targets delivery of 250 MWe of electrolyser capacity, 200 MW of hydrogen-fuelled power generation and hydrogen storage infrastructure.

The generator will enhance system security by providing South Australia with a source of dispatchable renewable energy and the electrolyser will operate as a flexible load to manage excess renewable energy in the system.

A six-week market sounding process was conducted mid-2022 to help inform the design and delivery concepts for the construction of the hydrogen facility.

The hydrogen facility is expected to be operational by the end of 2025.

This description has been reviewed by the proponent.

 

September 2022