A multimillion-dollar carbon capture renewable energy venture is set to produce hydrogen and green ammonia for export and domestic use in Bundaberg, Queensland. Additional deep-water ports have been identified around Australia to expand production.
The joint venture company between Clean Holdings Pty Ltd and Singapore based CAC-H2 Pte Ltd is looking at bringing long term investment in excess of $400 million to the project.
CAC-H2 is already developing a hydrogen plant in the Hunter Valley of New South Wales, using waste wood and sustainable forestry biomass to create green hydrogen.
The Bundaberg project will be similar except that it will include the development of a deep-water wharf specifically for large scale production of green hydrogen to be exported to Japan and South Korea. The plant’s capacity is expected to produce up to 30,000 metric tonnes per annum of green ammonia.
The development also includes hydrogen production for domestic use to support a clean energy eco-system in Bundaberg and help decarbonise the state.
Chief executive of Clean Holdings Pty Ltd, Mr Ken Mathews said Bundaberg is set to become a major renewables hub and a key centre for the growth of the hydrogen economy.
“We have already started to develop the various sites for our hydrogen production facilities.”
“With the global sugar market contracting, there is a need to stimulate local business and to provide new employment and training opportunities to locals.”
Mr Glenn Davies, Group CEO of CAC-H2 Pte Ltd said the company is bringing the first ‘negative carbon’ green hydrogen production process to Australia which supports Queensland’s climate transition strategy of a zero emissions future that targets jobs, industries, communities, and the environment.
“We have developed a unique circular model that will include working with the sugar cane industry and local farmers to utilise the waste biomass from agricultural activities. This will have positive opportunities for economic development emissions reductions and stronger collaboration in business.”
Mr Davies said sugar cane and local farmers will be able to supply their waste material as a feedstock for the hydrogen plants and will also have access to large quantities of biochar, biofuels and wood vinegar as by-products of the gasification process.
“The blending of biochar and wood vinegar makes it a promising tool for regenerative agriculture and pest control,” he said.
The venture will be located within the Renewable Energy Zone (REZ) of the Bundaberg State Development Area which was declared in February 2017 in response to the growing demand for land for port-related and industrial activities around the Port of Bundaberg.
Mr Mathews said the State Development Authority (SDA) action had assisted in making Bundaberg an attractive destination for the new hydrogen venture, while the port facilities made it a perfect site for the group’s export plans.
The construction of the hydrogen and green ammonia facility is expected to commence as soon as possible, with first hydrogen production as early as December 2022.