The Julia Creek Project (Archived)

April 24th, 2023

The Julia Creek Project

The proponent is seeking to develop vanadium / oil shale exploration tenements in north western Queensland, with associated hydrogen production.

Main proponents:

QEM Limited

Main end-use classification:

Under evaluation



Estimated cost:


Other involvement:


Production details:

Under evaluation


Queensland, Australia

Announced funding:


Project description:

The Julia Creek Project covers a total of 249.6kmin the Julia Creek area of north western Queensland, Australia. The exploration tenements (100% owned by QEM Limited) contain large deposits of vanadium and oil shale and are located less than 16km east of the township of Julia Creek.

The proponent is seeking to develop the tenements into a large-scale vanadium and oil shale mine. A modular, scalable development strategy is planned. The proponent is evaluating renewable energy options, with preliminary assessment focusing on mapping and modelling of a 250-megawatt (MW) hybrid solar/wind layout (with further desktop preliminary assessments on 500MW and 1GW scenarios underway)

As part of mine development, the proponent is examining utilising planned renewable energy production to potentially power hydrogen electrolysers onsite. As well as providing hydrogen for its own project needs, there may be potential for a Julia Creek located facility to act as a future hydrogen distribution point to service the North West Minerals Province

This description is based on the publicly available QEM 2021 AGM presentation of 26 November 2021.

A March 2023 Julia Creek project presentation provided less materials on the hydrogen aspect of the project.


Updated: April 2023