Swanbank Clean Energy Hub (Archived)

May 10th, 2024

Swanbank Clean Energy Hub

The project proponent is investigating the establishment of a clean energy hub at the Swanbank Power Station Precinct, near Brisbane, Queensland.

Main proponents:


Main end-use classification:

Power use potential


Under development – hydrogen is among the mix of technologies under consideration for use at the Hub

Estimated cost:


Other involvement:


Production details:

Under evaluation


Queensland, Australia

Announced funding:

AUD$1.5 million – Queensland Government

Project description

(This project was previously titled ‘Future Energy and Hydrogen Precinct’.)

CleanCo is a Queensland publicly owned electricity generator and operates the Swanbank E combined-cycle gas-fired power station, near Brisbane, capable of generating up to 385 MW of power. Once part of a precinct of coal-fired power stations – Swanbank A, B, C and D – Swanbank E remains the only operating power station on the site.

With an overall transmission network capacity of approximately 1.2 GW, the Swanbank site has significant potential for new energy opportunities to complement the existing 385 MW Swanbank E Power Station, as well as other non-energy uses, including research and development facilities.

CleanCo is now undertaking a master planning process for the Swanbank Clean Energy Hub to identify how the site may best serve the energy network in the future.

CleanCo is seeking to understand the suitability of various technologies for implementation at the Swanbank Clean Energy Hub through an industry Expression of Interest process. This process will enable CleanCo to make decisions on the final mix of future energy options suited to the site. Hydrogen is one of the clean energy technologies under consideration, with one of the potential uses including the possible feed of renewable hydrogen into hydrogen-ready gas turbines.

In August 2021, the Queensland Government announced AUD$1.5 million of funding in support of the development of concept-level design options as part of its COVID-19 economic recovery plan.

Following studies undertaken to date, the option of a full chain hydrogen project development as part of the Swanbank Clean Energy Hub development has been paused while final hub development options are being evaluated; improvements in technical and commercial/market considerations would be required for a repositioning of a full chain hydrogen development.


Updated: May 2024