AGL Energy and Andrew Forrest’s Fortescue Future Industries have significantly upgraded their hopes for a massive green hydrogen facility in the heart of the Hunter Valley, and are now looking at a 2GW renewable hydrogen facility.
The two companies last December revealed their plans to turn AGL’s coal plant precinct in the Hunter Valley – which houses the soon to be close Liddell generator and the neighbouring Bayswater facility, into a green hydrogen precinct with solar, wind, storage and manufacturing.
In an update released on Tuesday, the two companies say the feasibility study has been expanded to consider a project from 150MW up to 2GW, and new partners had been brought on board, including Japanese groups Inpex and Osaka Gas.
Australian gas and energy infrastructure companies APA Group and Jemena have also been brought on board.
Fortescue insists, however, that the focus remains on green hydrogen, and it will be the exclusive producer of green hydrogen at the site.
“The scale of green hydrogen production potential in the Hunter region is world leading and we’re keen to accelerate the delivery of this potential,” FFI’s director for east Australia and NZ Felicity Underhill said in a statement.