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Origin Energy has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Port of Townsville to collaborate on the potential expansion of the port for its export-scale liquid hydrogen project.

The MOU also enables the development of a liquefaction facility, new berth and associated infrastructure at the port.

Origin is collaborating with Japan’s Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd (KHI) on a 300MW early export project that would produce 36,500 tonnes per annum of green liquid hydrogen using renewable energy and sustainable water.

The three parties will now focus on work required to accommodate KHI’s semi-commercial-scale liquid hydrogen carriers, currently under development, future project expansion opportunities, and potential for sharing of common infrastructure with other Port of Townsville users.

First export from the project is targeted from the mid-2020s.

Origin General Manager Future Fuels, Felicity Underhill, said, “Townsville is ideally placed to develop a liquid hydrogen facility due to its deep-water port, industrial-zoned land, availability of skilled workers, and nearby renewable energy and sustainable water resources.

“Townsville has the potential to become a leading global hub for hydrogen exports, boosting local jobs, as well as supporting local industry and transport to decarbonise.

“There will be significant export demand for green hydrogen coming from Asia in the 2030s and even sooner from Japan in the mid-2020s, and our proximity to these markets and abundance of clean renewable resources puts Australia in pole position to be a global leader in hydrogen.

“This is one of the most advanced commercial-scale green liquid hydrogen projects in the world, and we and our partners are looking forward to commencing front end engineering and design (FEED) this calendar year.

“Origin’s MOU with the Port of Townsville is an important and exciting next step in the process.”

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