Australian Government to Invest A$70 Million in New Hydrogen Hub

The Australian Government is investing A$70 million in Western Australia to create the Pilbara Hydrogen Hub. The new Pilbara Hydrogen Hub will be a major centre for clean hydrogen production and export, and will have the potential to become an international gateway to Australian-made green steel and iron.

In a statement the Australian Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water said, in its early stages, the Hub will prioritise common-user infrastructure. These are the things that are necessary to get hydrogen stored and transported and exported. This will include a hydrogen or ammonia pipeline, and upgrades to port infrastructure to support renewable hydrogen production.

The planned pipeline will enable production capacity of around 492,000 tonnes per year. That’s enough to power 26,000 heavy vehicles for an entire year.

The Hub will also create over 1,000 new jobs in construction and operation. Another element of the Hub project is the development of the Clean Energy Training and Research Institute. This facility will help local workers get the opportunity to upskill and transition into these new roles. This will ensure the emerging hydrogen industry has the skilled workforce it needs to grow and succeed.

Construction of the Pilbara Hydrogen Hub will start this year and is expected to be delivered by 2028.