The McGowan Government has welcomed a $71.2 million funding boost for two Western Australian renewable hydrogen projects through the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA).
Two of the three projects announced for ARENA funding today are located in WA, in a clear sign of WA’s leading position in the renewable hydrogen industry.
The YURI Green Ammonia Project – a consortium between Engie Renewables Australia and Yara Pilbara Fertilisers – will receive $42.5 million towards a 10MW electrolyser to produce renewable hydrogen at the existing ammonia facility on the Pilbara’s Burrup Peninsula.
It follows the McGowan Government’s $2 million grant to the project in January this year through the WA Renewable Hydrogen Fund.
ATCO Australia’s Clean Energy Innovation Park will receive $28.7 million towards a 10MW electrolyser co-located at the Warradarge wind farm in the Mid-West, producing renewable hydrogen for gas blending.
In 2020, the McGowan Government helped to kick-start the project by funding a feasibility study into the Clean Energy Innovation Park.
The McGowan Government has committed more than $35 million towards developing a job-creating renewable hydrogen industry in WA.
As stated by Hydrogen Industry Minister Alannah MacTiernan:
“We welcome this funding injection through the Federal Government, which backs in our Government’s efforts to position Western Australia as the nation’s leader on renewable hydrogen development.
“The McGowan Government’s early-stage funding for both projects through the Renewable Hydrogen Fund has now paid off.
“The projects align with the McGowan Government’s 2019 Renewable Hydrogen Strategy, developing a hydrogen industry for both export and to blend into the local gas network.
“Renewable hydrogen will be a major future industry for WA, helping to reduce carbon emissions locally and around the world and supporting local jobs.”