Cook­ing with gas

Mandurah Coastal Times - - FRONT PAGE - Aaron Kirby

A MOOTED hy­dro­gen re­fu­elling hub in Man­durah could cre­ate hun­dreds of jobs in the re­gion and pro­vide a tourism boost.

As part of the $1.68 mil­lion Re­new­able Hy­dro­gen Fund in­vest­ment, $250,000 will be put into a study on the po­ten­tial to build the hub in Man­durah.

Man­durah Mayor Rhys Wil­liams said the fa­cil­ity of­fered huge po­ten­tial ben­e­fits.

“We wel­come the news that the State Gov­ern­ment has funded a fea­si­bil­ity study into a po­ten­tial hy­dro­gen re­fu­elling hub lo­cated in the City of Man­durah,” he said.

“Coun­cil is com­mit­ted to ex­plor­ing ways we can form part­ner­ships and sup­port projects which ben­e­fit our en­vi­ron­ment, and hy­dro­gen is an emerg­ing re­new­able, cleaner en­ergy source for this state which the Gov­ern­ment is keenly pur­su­ing.

“I am pleased that Man­durah can play a role in the de­vel­op­ment of this in­dus­try, not only for the po­ten­tial en­vi­ron­men­tal ben­e­fits but also the eco­nomic ben­e­fits for our re­gion, in­clud­ing new in­dus­try, jobs, skills and train­ing.”

Fur­ther stud­ies in­clude ex­am­in­ing cre­at­ing so­lar hy­dro­gen for waste col­lec­tion and light ve­hi­cle fleets in Cock­burn and an elec­trol­y­sis hy­dro­gen pro­duc­tion plant in the Great South­ern or Wheat­belt.

Other pro­pos­als in­clude a stand-alone power sys­tem for an in­dige­nous com­mu­nity in the Pil­bara us­ing 100 per cent re­new­able en­ergy; a hy­dro­gen pro­duc­tion fa­cil­ity near Ku­nunurra us­ing ex­ist­ing hy­dro gen­er­a­tion; ex­am­in­ing the com­pat­i­bil­ity of the Dampier to Bun­bury nat­u­ral gas trans­mis­sion pipe­line with blended hy­dro­gen and look­ing at the in­te­gra­tion of re­new­able hy­dro­gen with iso­lated power sta­tions.

The fund­ing and in­fra­struc­ture aims to po­si­tion WA as a ma­jor pro­ducer, user and ex­porter of re­new­able hy­dro­gen.

Re­gional De­vel­op­ment Min­is­ter Alan­nah MacTier­nan said she was ex­cited about the po­ten­tial ben­e­fits of the projects.

“The projects be­ing in­ves­ti­gated have the po­ten­tial to cre­ate new jobs, skills and train­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties – par­tic­u­larly in re­gional WA,” she said.

“These fea­si­bil­ity stud­ies will fa­cil­i­tate sig­nif­i­cant pri­vate sec­tor in­vest­ment and lever­age fi­nan­cial sup­port for a jobcre­at­ing re­new­able hy­dro­gen in­dus­try in WA.”

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