Cooking with gas
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.”