Southernmost Australian state plans to ship green hydrogen to Europe

The Tasmanian government has signed an agreement to study the feasibility of exporting green hydrogen from Australia’s southernmost state to the port of Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

The state government of Tasmania confirmed this week that it has signed a memorandum of understanding with the port of Rotterdam to study the feasibility of future exports of green hydrogen from Bell Bay in Tasmania to the European port, located near 17 000 kilometers.

“As the largest port in Europe, we are looking all over the world for countries and companies that could export green hydrogen on an industrial scale by 2030,” said Rotterdam Port General Manager Allard Castelein. .

“Tasmania could very well be one of them. Once we jointly establish the feasibility, the next step would be to align the private companies to try to set up trade routes between Tasmania and Rotterdam. “

Allard Castelein, Director General of the Port of Rotterdam Photo: ERNST BODE / PORT DE ROTTERDAM

It follows a similar deal the port of Rotterdam signed last month with the state government of Western Australia to investigate a renewable hydrogen export supply chain between WA and the Dutch port, including the production, storage, transport and use of renewable hydrogen.

International cooperation

The Tasmanian government said on Tuesday it believed that securing cooperation with international partners, such as the port of Rotterdam, would help promote the deployment of hydrogen technologies, improve skills, training and opportunities. employment and open up future export markets.

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The state government of Tasmania has already applied for funding for Bell Bay to be a renewable hydrogen hub under the Australian government’s Clean Hydrogen Industrial Hubs program of AU $ 464 million (AU $ 336.8 million). US dollars).

The Federal Funding Program provides up to A $ 3 million in grants to project consortia to initially advance feasibility and design work, as well as up to A $ 70 million to help advance the deployment of projects.

Plenty of clean energy

Tasmania claims to be the only state in Australia that is currently running on 100% renewable energy, with its abundant hydroelectric and wind resources that can also be used for the production of green hydrogen – made using electrolysis powered by renewable energies to divide water molecules into oxygen and hydrogen.

The state has a short-term goal of producing green hydrogen domestically, however, it hopes to be an exporter of emission-free fuel by 2027.

Bell Bay in Tasmania is the site of the H2TAS project proposed by Woodside Petroleum, which has the potential to support up to 1.7 gigawatt of electrolysis for the production of hydrogen and ammonia.

Woodside is aiming for a final investment decision on the project in 2023, with the initial phase to have a capacity of up to 300 megawatts and a target production of 200,000 tonnes per year of ammonia.

It will use a combination of hydroelectricity and wind power to create a 100% renewable ammonia product for export as well as renewable hydrogen for home use, with a possible start as early as 2025.

Woodside has already targeted the project’s green ammonia exports, with initial feasibility studies conducted in partnership with Japanese duo Marubeni and IHI, concluding that it was technically and commercially possible to export ammonia to Japan from the Bell Bay area.

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