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Hydrogen hub to launch in Hunter region


The federal government has announced a renewable hydrogen hub to be housed in Newcastle, New South Wales (NSW).

An agreement to invest $70 million into the hub has been signed, with Origin Energy and Orica progressing the development of the hub.

The funding will build the infrastructure needed to produce up to 5500 tonnes of renewable hydrogen each year, and also aims to establish a pathway to export it.

The renewable hydrogen will be produced through a 55-megawatt (MW) electrolyser, with most of it to be used by the Orica ammonia and ammonium nitrate facility.

“Investing in an Australian renewable hydrogen industry is investing in Australia’s future,” Minister for Climate Change and Energy Chris Bowen said.

“Newcastle and the Hunter Region have been industrial and economic powerhouses for decades, making the Port of Newcastle an ideal location for a renewable hydrogen hub that can support decarbonisation of heavy industry in the region and connect our renewable resources to the world.

“This project is the next step towards using locally produced renewable hydrogen in Australia to reduce our industrial emissions and develop a renewable export future.”

Construction of the facility is set to begin in 2025 with operations expected to start later in 2026.

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