The South Australian (SA) government has selected preferred partners to deliver its Hydrogen Jobs Plan. It features a major hydrogen production facility, power plant and storage at Whyalla in the Upper Spencer Gulf.
In a world-first, the project will see the installation of 100 per cent hydrogen-operated fast-startup turbines.
“This is a world-leading opportunity for South Australia, that has the potential to rival Victoria’s gold rush, the coal boom in Queensland, or Western Australia’s development of iron ore and gas,” said Premier Peter Malinauskas.
“We have all the things the world will need to decarbonise – abundant copper and magnetite, the world’s best coincident wind and solar resources, world-leading renewable energy penetration and soon, the ability to harness this abundant clean energy in the form of hydrogen.
“We can use this clean hydrogen to firm our electricity grid, but more than that, we can use it to help reindustrialise the Upper Spencer Gulf, creating thousands of jobs in the process.”
The ATCO Australia and BOC consortium has committed to an Early Contractor Involvement (ECI) agreement with the state government, which will see the proponent undertake detailed project and engineering design, procurement of critical equipment, finalise contracting arrangements, and cost estimations.
The government has also entered an ECI agreement with South Australian energy infrastructure company EPIC Energy to develop an integrated pipeline and hydrogen storage solution.
The agreements follow a detailed six-month evaluation assessment process of 29 proposals received from companies worldwide.
The ATCO and BOC consortium stood out as the preferred proponent, with an end-to-end solution encompassing design and build experience in electrolysers, generators, on-site storage as well as operational expertise.
The design and construction of the Hydrogen Power Plant will include 250 megawatts of electrolysers designed to Linde’s global engineering standards.