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Australia backs world-leading clean hydrogen projects

The Australian Government has approved three large-scale hydrogen plants in Western Australia and Victoria. These will be among the biggest in the world.  

Three companies have received more than $100 million from the government through ARENA’s Renewable Hydrogen Deployment Funding Round.

The successful applicants are:

  • Engie Renewables Australia Pty Ltd – up to $42.5 million towards a 10MW electrolyser project at an ammonia facility in Karratha, WA
  • ATCO Australia Pty Ltd – up to $28.7 million towards a 10MW electrolyser for gas blending at in Warradarge, WA
  • Australian Gas Networks Ltd – up to $32.1 million towards a 10MW electrolyser for gas blending at Murray Valley Hydrogen Park in Wodonga, Victoria.

The Hon Angus Taylor MP, Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction, said the funding will fast-track projects providing regional employment opportunities.

‘These projects show how our existing ammonia industry and gas pipeline network will be crucial to the future clean hydrogen sector. This will be key to bringing down cost of renewable hydrogen production and distribution.’

Hydrogen is a priority technology under the government’s Technology Investment Roadmap. The goal is to get the cost of hydrogen under $2 per kilogram. That’s the price-point where it becomes competitive in large-scale deployment across energy systems.

See the ARENA announcement and the Minister’s media release.