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$140 million hydrogen hub to be built in the Pilbara

Touted to become a major centre for hydrogen production and export, a $140 million hydrogen hub will be built in WA’s Pilbara region.

Construction of the road and intersection at the site will begin this year, with the hub to become operational in mid-2028.

A planned pipeline could enable hydrogen production of around 492,000 tonnes per year.

The project is being funded by the Australian and WA governments, on a 50:50 basis.

According to a government release, the $140 million investment will help build infrastructure to support hydrogen exports and renewable energy production, as well as fund activities for a Clean Energy Training and Research Institute.

The institute will provide practical, job-focused training in renewable energy and hydrogen for Pilbara residents, including First Nations peoples.

Western Australian Premier Roger Cook said the hub was a key part of the state’s plan to turn WA into a global clean energy powerhouse.

“When it comes to producing and exporting world-leading products at a global scale, WA leads the way,” Cook said.

“This project will be WA-produced hydrogen on Asia’s doorstep, helping to strengthen and diversify our economy for the future.”

Minister for Climate Change and Energy Chris Bowen added that the hub would ensure the Pilbara’s future as a major energy producer and exporter.

“This hub will bring a new clean energy industry to the Pilbara, supporting the region’s world-class industries well into the future,” Bowen said.

“WA is already a global mining and export powerhouse, and it’s now primed to become a world-leading hydrogen supplier as well.”

By 2050, Australia’s hydrogen industry is projected to generate $50 billion in additional GDP and create over 16,000 jobs in regional Australia, including in WA.

The industry is also expected to create an additional 13,000 jobs from the construction of renewable energy infrastructure.

The Australian Government’s $70 million investment is part of its Regional Hydrogen Hubs program, which is investing over half a billion dollars to build hubs at key locations like Kwinana, Gladstone, Townsville, Bell Bay, Port Bonython, and the Hunter.

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