Kawasaki begins construction on hydrogen liquefaction and loading terminal in Australia

WCN Editorial Team 22 Jul 2019 ASIA ENERGY & UTILITIES

Kawasaki Heavy Industries’ subsidiary Hydrogen Engineering Australia (HEA) has commenced construction on the Hydrogen Liquefaction and Loading Terminal in Australia.

The terminal, which is being built for the A$500m (£282.8m) Hydrogen Energy Supply Chain (HESC) pilot project in the Latrobe Valley, will convert hydrogen gas from Latrobe Valley brown coal into liquefied hydrogen.

The liquefied hydrogen is then stored and loaded onto the world’s first specialised marine carrier for transport to Japan.

Construction work on the terminal includes building and mechanical installation of a liquefaction facility and a storage container.

Kawasaki board chairman Shigeru Murayama said: “Delivering clean hydrogen to the world for the benefit of our environment is a goal we share deeply and we look forward to achieving.

“The hydrogen economy is already materialising in Japan, and it is wonderful to now be breaking ground here in Australia. We are excited to be translating our joint hydrogen vision into reality.”

Backed by the Victorian, Commonwealth and Japanese governments, the Hydrogen Energy Supply Chain (HESC) Pilot Project is being developed by a consortium of energy and infrastructure companies. It is set for completion by June 2020.

In addition to Kawasaki and HEA, the consortium partners include Electric Power Development (J-Power), J-Power Latrobe Valley (JPLV), Iwatani, Marubeni and AGL Loy Yang.

Minister for Economic Development Tim Pallas said: “The hydrogen economy has the potential to be an important future sector in Victoria with the Hydrogen Energy Supply Chain Pilot Project providing an opportunity for Victoria to lead the global emergence of this industry.

“The commencement of construction on Australia’s first hydrogen liquefaction and export facility begins Victoria’s quest to become a global leader in hydrogen.”

Minister for Resources and Northern Australia Matt Canavan said: “Australia is well placed to become a global leader in hydrogen production and this pilot project is a crucial step towards making this vision a reality.

“The use of hydrogen is part of Japan’s vision of a clean energy future and any emissions from the pilot project will be fully offset, with commercial scale operations required to use carbon capture and storage to ensure a low emission source of hydrogen.”

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Image: The hydrogen liquefaction and loading terminal is being constructed in Australia. Photo: courtesy of Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd.

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