18/03/2021 - 14:00

$9bn hydrogen proposal adds to green export dreams

18/03/2021 - 14:00

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Sun Brilliance is the latest proponent of an ambitious renewables development, planning a $9 billion green hydrogen project in the Mid West.

$9bn hydrogen proposal adds to green export dreams
Wind energy can power electrolysis of water into hydrogen. Photo: Gabriel Oliveira

Sun Brilliance is the latest proponent of an ambitious renewables development, planning a $9 billion green hydrogen project in the Mid West.

The project is in the design phase, with TSK Grupo selected as engineering, procurement and construction contractor.

Siemens, EPC Solar, Boya Energy and Monford Group are all participating in the consortium, according to a media release from Sun Brilliance.

Sun Brilliance submitted an expression of interest in the state government’s Oakajee precinct process.

A preferred proponent has not yet been announced, although Sun Brilliance chair Dilawar Singh said the project could proceed whether or not it was selected for the Oakajee industrial zone.

It comes weeks after (then) opposition leader Zak Kirkup promised to underwrite a $9 billion green hydrogen project in the Mid West.

The ambitious project would produce 200,000 tonnes of green hydrogen annually, with five gigawatts of solar and wind capacity to power electrolysers splitting water into hydrogen and oxygen.

The first phase of the project will blend hydrogen with natural gas to supply local industry and refuelling stations.

“Although there are other H2 projects announced in Australia, the project is in an advanced stage as our project design is under way and we have already selected plant and equipment as well as an experienced Spanish EPC Firm”, Dr Singh said.

Sun Brilliance has previously proposed a 128 megawatt solar farm at Cunderdin, and a $2.9 billion Kemerton lithium battery plant.

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