New hydrogen production facility in WA to create 300 construction jobs

Monica Gameng   |   May 1, 2020

Western Australia is about to welcome what will become the country’s largest green hydrogen production facility as Perth-based Infinite Blue Energy (IBE) secures an initial $300 million funding to get construction going on the Arrowsmith Hydrogen Project. 

The new hydrogen facility is going to be built in Dongara, approximately 320 kilometres north of Perth. The Arrowsmith Hydrogen Project will utilise renewable resources – such as wind and solar energy – to produce up to 25 tonnes of green hydrogen daily. 

The facility will have its own renewable energy source on site, which includes about 85MW of solar power and 75MW of wind generation. 

Infinite Blue Energy is anticipating beginning construction on the facility in June of this year, with first green hydrogen production expected in the last quarter of 2022. 

The first stage of the project is expected to help reduce carbon emissions by up to 78,000 tonnes annually. 

Approximately 300 regional jobs are expected to be created during construction. 

“COVID-19 has completely changed the operational outlook for so many businesses across the country and what is now needed to be marketing leading is a uniquely competitive and innovative offering that has not been done before; one with a sustainable carbon footprint that can truly accelerate Australia’s economic growth on regional areas,” Infinite Blue Energy CEO Stephen Gauld said. 

Infinite Blue Energy is also planning to deliver other similar projects across regional Western Australia, in addition to the Arrowsmith Hydrogen Project. The company’s plans include a follow up project that has the capacity to produce up to 75,000Kg of green hydrogen each day. 

“Our vision at IBE is to show the world first and foremost that Australia has the technology, skills and entrepreneurial mindset to be a true leader in the development of green hydrogen plants. 

“Through the completion of the Arrowsmith project and IBE’s innovative business model, Australia can advance its interest on the global stage as a leader in the development of ground-breaking green hydrogen energy solutions and accelerate the creation of major employment strategy and industry for Australia in the immediate future,” Mr Gauld said. 

Hydrogen has the potential to be utilised in energy storage as well as for transport fuel. 

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Source: Renew Economy; PV Magazine AustraliaBusiness News Australia; Infinite Blue Energy 

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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