New hydrogen processing facility in VIC to create 400 jobs

Monica Gameng   |   November 11, 2019

Work is now underway to deliver a new hydrogen export pilot project located at the AGL Loy Yang site in Traralgon in Victoria’s Latrobe Valley.

This Hydrogen Energy Supply Chain (HESC) Pilot is set to become the largest of its kind in the world and the facility will transform brown coal from the Latrobe Valley into hydrogen gas.

The produced hydrogen gas will be transported to Port of Hastings to be liquefied and then shipped to Japan for use in fuel cell vehicles and power generation.

In addition to boosting jobs in the region, the HESC Pilot will also help boost local industry knowledge as well as expertise in the production and use of hydrogen.

“We are proud to back this world-first project which will put Victoria at the forefront of the global hydrogen industry.

“The Andrews Labor Government is growing jobs and industry in the Latrobe Valley and working with our partners in Japan as we transition to a low carbon energy future,” Minister for Economic Development Tim Pallas said.

latrobe_valley_sod_turnOfficials at the HESC Pilot sod turning event (source: Hydrogen Energy Supply Chain)

The new Latrobe Valley facility has the potential to make Victoria a leader in the growing hydrogen industry - which is expected to be worth $2.5 trillion globally by 2050.

The HESC Pilot is anticipated to create 400 jobs in the Latrobe Valley and Hastings regions throughout the life of the project and potentially thousands of jobs once it proceeds to the commercial phase.

The project is being developed by a consortium comprised of Japan-based companies that include Kawasaki Heavy Industries, J-Power, Iwatani Corporation, Sumitomo Corporation and Marubeni Corporation.

“We are very pleased to announce that work has commenced on the gasification plant for the Hydrogen Energy Supply Chain pilot project, a pivotal world-first initiative aimed to safely produce and transport clean hydrogen from Victoria’s Latrobe Valley to Japan,” J-Power Chairman Masayoshi Kitamura said.

The HESC Pilot is required to offset all the minimal greenhouse gases produced and in order to proceed to the commercial phase, the project needs to be successful at carbon capture and storage.

The HESC Pilot is expected to begin operations in 2020.

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Source: Premier of Victoria; Hydrogen Energy Supply Chain (1, 2); J-Power; Latrobe Valley Express; Manufacturers’ Monthly

Monica Gameng
As Felix's Marketing Assistant since 2015, Monica is responsible for researching and sharing new and progressing projects within the construction and mining sectors in Australia. It's no surprise that Monica has her finger on the pulse of Australian major projects given she has produced more than 1,000 posts. She truly is an industry expert.
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