Engie has taken final investment decision to construct a $58m (A$87m) renewable hydrogen plant in the Pilbara region of Western Australia.

Slated for completion in 2024, the Phase I of the Yuri project will generate up to 640t of renewable hydrogen annually as a zero-carbon feedstock for Yara Australia’s ammonia production facility located in Karratha.

The Yuri project will include a 10MW electrolyser.

It will be powered by 18MW of solar PV and supported by an 8MW battery energy storage system.

Following the commissioning, the plant will be amongst the largest renewable energy powered electrolysis in the world.

For the project, permitting is completed, and a 100% offtake contract is in place with Yara Australia.

Construction of the project is slated to commence in November 2022, with first production expected in 2024.

A consortium comprising Technip Energies and Monford Group were chosen as EPC contractor for the project.

Engie Australia and New Zealand chief executive officer Andrew Hyland said: “We have a strong pipeline of renewables, storage and hydrogen projects in Australia; as each one of these projects reaches financial close, construction and commissioning, we get closer to decarbonising our economy and realising our ambitious net zero targets.”

Last year, the Australian government announced that it would offer 50% of the funding for the 10MW project, reported Reuters.

Japan-based Mitsui & Co has agreed to acquire a 28% interest in a JV with Engie to construct the Yuri project.
Image: The company expects the first production in 2024.Credit: Hands off my tags! Michael Gaida from Pixabay.