We are working with domestic and international partners from across the hydrogen supply chain to develop large-scale renewable hydrogen production in Central Queensland, with the view to exporting hydrogen to Japan, as well as supply large industrial customers in the Central Queensland region.

Central Queensland large-scale green hydrogen export feasibility study

We are working with Japanese companies Iwatani Corporation, Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Kansai Electric Power Company and Marubeni, and Australian energy infrastructure business APA Group, to undertake a detailed feasibility study into the development of a proposed large-scale electrolyser and liquefaction facility in Central Queensland.

If progressed, the proposed project will export renewable hydrogen to Japan, as well as supply large industrial customers in the Central Queensland region to support emissions reduction for domestic industry by 2026.

When built, the proposed renewable hydrogen project will be the largest in Queensland, scaling up to over 3,000 MW by the early 2030s.

At its peak, the proposed project will provide more than 8,900 new jobs. The project will also deliver $17.2 billion in hydrogen exports and $12.4 billion to Queensland’s Gross State Product over its 30-year life. It will also benefit construction, utilities, heavy manufacturing, and a range of local service industries.

Pending the successful outcome of the feasibility study, the consortium will complete a front end engineering design phase with a view to reaching a financial investment decision in 2023.

Funding contributions towards the feasibility study have been received from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) and the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI). The feasibility study received funding from ARENA as part of ARENA’s Advancing Renewables Program. The views expressed herein are not necessarily the views of the Australian Government, and the Australian Government does not accept responsibility for any information or advice contained herein.

Image: Artist impression of the proposed hydrogen electrolysis facility to be located on land secured at Aldoga, 20km west of Gladstone.
Image: Artist impression of the proposed hydrogen supply chain, from hydrogen electrolysis facility to liquefaction and shipping.

Supporting the growth of Queensland’s renewable hydrogen sector

We are working with government, industry partners and education providers to support the growth of the renewable hydrogen industry in Queensland. This includes investigating opportunities to maximise local workforce and manufacturing development, developing skills and training programs, and supporting renewable energy investment.