QLD Gov signs hydrogen agreement with European port

QLD Gov signs hydrogen agreement with European port
Energy Minister Mick de Brenni and Dutch Honorary Consul Marjon Wind. Image: Queensland Government.

A Memorandum of Understanding has now been signed between the Queensland Government and the Port of Rotterdam in the Netherlands, to develop a hydrogen export supply chain between Australia and Europe.

As Europe’s largest port, the Port of Rotterdam is aiming to import up to 20 million tonnes of hydrogen by 2050, starting with imports of ammonia in 2025. The agreement is expected to create opportunities to develop a hydrogen export supply chain between Queensland hydrogen producers and Rotterdam.

This follows CS Energy and natural gas producer Senex’s agreement to form a joint venture (JV) to develop the Kogan Renewable Hydrogen Demonstration Plant near Chinchilla, in Queensland last week.

The plant is expected to produce approximately 50,000 kilograms of hydrogen annually.

The Queensland Government has also signed a tri-state collaboration (VIC, NSW and QLD) on a renewable hydrogen refuelling network for heavy transport and logistics along Australia’s eastern seaboard in March.

Addressing the World Hydrogen Summit by video, Minister for Energy, Renewables and Hydrogen Mick de Brenni outlined the steps Queensland has taken to develop manufacturing that supports a sustainable renewable energy supply chain.

“Our $2 billion Renewable Energy and Hydrogen Jobs Fund empowers Queensland’s interconnected and publicly owned energy corporations to partner with private sector projects and help satiate an increasingly hungry world hydrogen market,” he said.

“We also have three Queensland Renewable Energy Zones that allow us to coordinate our vast supply of renewable energy and open doors to rapidly develop our green hydrogen hubs.”

The Queensland Government is also working to prepare the state’s workforce for emerging jobs within the green hydrogen industry, unveiling its draft green hydrogen safety code last week.

Hydrogen will assist the State Government’s efforts to achieve a target of 50 per cent renewable energy by 2030, and zero net emissions by 2050.

 


 

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