Stakeholders commit to $87.1 million WA hydrogen plant

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The Federal Government will invest $47.5 million in the development of a new 10 MW hydrogen electrolyser for the proposed Yuri hydrogen plant in Karratha, Western Australia, after stakeholders took a final investment decision in favor of advancing the project.

Developed by Engie, the new plant will supply renewable hydrogen and electricity to the nearby Yara Pilbara Fertilizer liquid ammonia facility.

ENGIE Renewables Australia and MIT Hydrogen Australia are working together on the venture, called Yuri, to build and operate the electrolyser, as well as solar and battery storage at the Karratha site.

The Yara facility will be one of the first established operational facilities in the world to receive and use green hydrogen molecules to produce green ammonia.

The Yuri project will include a 10 MW electrolyser, 18 MW solar photovoltaic and an 8 MW battery storage system.

Capable of producing up to 640 tonnes of renewable hydrogen each year, the electrolyser promises to be Australia’s largest, with nearly 90% more capacity than the current title holder; a 1.25 MW hydrogen power plant operating in Tonsley Park in Adelaide, South Australia.

A consortium made up of Technip Energies and the Monford group has won the contract for the engineering, supply, construction and commissioning of the renewable hydrogen plant.

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) will provide more than half of the $87.1 million needed to develop the Yuri facility as part of its renewable hydrogen deployment funding round, announced in May 2021.

Federal Climate Change and Energy Minister Chris Bowen said hydrogen is a crucial part of Australia’s energy future.

“The federal government is committed to increasing the level of renewable energy and is pleased to announce further progress on this electrolyser, which will be one of the largest in the country,” Bowen said.

“This will help Australia become a world leader in hydrogen production.

“As we transition to a more renewable economy, hydrogen will become an increasingly important part of our energy mix and will be important in supporting industrial and hard-to-reduce sectors.”

Australian Hydrogen Industry Minister Alannah MacTiernan has welcomed ENGIE and Yara Pilbara Fertilizers’ final investment decision for the Yuri project.

“This is an important milestone for WA’s growing renewable hydrogen industry,” Ms. MacTiernan said.

“Yara Pilbara Fertilizers is a world-class facility, and the project will demonstrate WA’s ability to produce renewable hydrogen on an industrial scale.

“The state government provided critical early support for this project with a $2 million grant awarded two years ago. This support has helped the project attract additional funding.

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