The Western Australian Government has announced an investment of up to $117.5 million to attract Australian Government funding for Pilbara and Mid West-based renewable hydrogen hubs with the aim of establishing WA as a global clean energy powerhouse.
Applications have been lodged through the Australian Government’s Clean Hydrogen Industrial Hubs program for matching funding to further develop these areas and take advantage of WA’s globally competitive natural advantages, which include abundant solar and wind resources, available land, and trade partnerships.
The Pilbara Hydrogen Hub plan involves the development of a hydrogen or ammonia pipeline to connect strategic industrial areas, the creation of a Clean Energy Training and Research Institute, and port upgrades to facilitate export opportunities.
The Mid West Clean Hydrogen Hub proposal includes construction of renewable energy and road infrastructure at the Oakajee Strategic Industrial Area, as well as connecting the area to power and water, and developing hydrogen refuelling infrastructure.
Combined, the Pilbara and Mid West hubs would create around 2,000 skilled and semi-skilled jobs across our state, and help put WA at the forefront of this new industry.
The State Government's bids are supported by major resources industry companies including Woodside, Fortescue Future Industries, bp Australia, ATCO Australia, Australian Gas Infrastructure Group, Yara Pilbara, Engie, Rio Tinto and InterContinental Energy.