Townsville Bulletin



QUEENSLAND’S love affair with green hydrogen will be nothing but hot air without big investment in electricit­y generation and network capacity, Traeger MP Robbie Katter says.

The Katter’s Australian Party Leader said if the current political trends eventuated, a massive increase in energy demand from hydrogen production could see electricit­y prices skyrocket in the same way as gas prices tripled when Queensland’s LNG exports ramped up.

“There is a huge risk this will happen again with hydrogen and we will further squander Queensland’s competitiv­e advantage and tens of thousands of jobs in mining, minerals processing, manufactur­ing and other energy intensive industries,” Mr Katter said.

He said state and federal government­s needed to make good on promises to deliver regulated infrastruc­ture and new generation across the North West to ensure Queensland had enough cheap and reliable electricit­y to supply local industry first.

“The North West, particular­ly around Hughenden, Cloncurry and Mount Isa, has the best mix of renewable resources in the country, and we have existing large-scale gas generation to keep it reliable,” Mr Katter said.

“But all of these resources are useless if they are not connected to the national grid which is why the state and federal government­s must urgently deliver on their promises to build Copperstri­ng 2.0.”

The Copperstri­ng transmissi­on project will connect North West Queensland to the national electricit­y grid at Townsville, providing the critical link for more than 2000 megawatts of largescale wind and solar projects across the corridor.

“The state’s preoccupat­ion with hydrogen as the overarchin­g solution to its future energy export objectives is ambitious to say the least,” Mr Katter said.

“If we are all going to agree that hydrogen is crucial to Queensland’s and Australia’s energy and economic future then we need to have less photo opportunit­ies and more serious, practical discussion­s around how this will be delivered.

“The North West and Townsville have never been more important to Queensland’s economic future. We have the minerals and energy resources the whole world wants but what we lack is the infrastruc­ture.”

 ?? ?? Robbie Katter outside Mount Isa's mothballed Mica Creek power station.
Robbie Katter outside Mount Isa's mothballed Mica Creek power station.

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