The McGowan Government is helping drive the uptake of hydrogen fuelled vehicles, with a $10 million grant for Woodside Energy’s proposed Hydrogen Refueller @H2Perth project.
With matched funding from Woodside Energy, the project will set up a renewable hydrogen production, storage and refuelling facility at the company’s H2Perth site in the Rockingham Industry Zone.
The project will support the early adoption of hydrogen vehicles by BGC and Centurion, who are collaborating with Woodside Energy.
BGC will purchase and operate five to 10 hydrogen fuel cell concrete agitator trucks, while Centurion will purchase and operate two hydrogen prime movers. Woodside Energy also plans to lease and refuel two Hyundai Nexo vehicles at the refuelling facility.
Woodside Energy’s public refuelling station is expected to be operational in the second half of 2024, subject to necessary approvals.
Once operational, the project is expected to produce around 235 kilograms of hydrogen per day, with the potential to scale up to a targeted 800 kilograms of hydrogen per day and supply more than 50 vehicles.
Woodside Energy proposes to generate hydrogen using a two megawatt electrolyser, powered by renewable energy from the South West Interconnected System. Where required, Woodside Energy will also utilise Renewable Energy Certificates.
The Hydrogen Refueller @H2Perth project was selected from more than 20 expressions of interest submitted for the WA Government’s Hydrogen Fuelled Transport Program, which aims to accelerate uptake of hydrogen fuelled transport, build local skills and capability, and stimulate local production of renewable hydrogen.
The McGowan Government has committed $160 million to support the development of the renewable hydrogen industry in Western Australia, and is on track to meet the 2022 goals set out in the WA Renewable Hydrogen Strategy.
As stated by Premier Mark McGowan:
“Woodside Energy’s H2Perth facility provides a huge opportunity to accelerate the uptake of hydrogen fuelled vehicles in Western Australia.
“This project will not only stimulate demand for local production of renewable hydrogen, but also help our State move towards a clean energy future and reach net zero by 2050.
“The facility will give local manufacturing in the south metropolitan region a boost and create thousands of local jobs within the construction, manufacturing and renewable energy sectors.”
As stated by Hydrogen Industry Minister Alannah MacTiernan:
“When it comes to zero emission transport, hydrogen vehicles are an exciting opportunity for WA.
“By investing in ventures like Woodside Energy’s proposed Hydrogen Refueller @H2Perth project, the WA Government is helping to make sure Western Australia is an early adopter of this new technology.
“Through its collaboration with BGC and Centurion, Woodside Energy will help lay the groundwork for the use of hydrogen vehicles in the heavy transport industry – in WA and beyond.
“The development of a hydrogen fuelled transport system supports the WA Government’s commitment to transition Western Australia to net zero emissions by 2050, and the creation of new sustainable jobs in a growing industry.”
As stated by Kwinana MLA Roger Cook:
“This is another example of the key role Kwinana is playing in the renewable energy future of WA.
“The project shows the potential for hydrogen fuelled vehicles across business and industry.
“It also displays the increasing level of innovation that is happening across the Kwinana Industrial Area.”
Hydrogen Industry Minister’s office – 6552 6200