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Morrison government blocks Pilbara hydrogen hub despite it being given ‘major project status’ last year

June 21, 2021

Renew Economy: 

The Morrison government has rejected plans to build a massive renewable hydrogen hub, including up to 26GW of wind and solar generation capacity in Western Australia’s Pilbara region, after declaring the project’s environmental impacts were “clearly unacceptable.”

Federal environment minister Sussan Ley said in the notice that the $50 billion plan to develop the so-called Asian Renewable Energy Hub roughly 220km east of Port Hedland would have “clearly unacceptable impacts” on matters protected by the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act.

The rejection of the Hub, which has been proposed for development by a consortium that includes Intercontinental Energy, Australia’s CWP Global, Pathway Investments and turbine manufacturer Vestas, comes despite it being given ‘major project status’ by the federal government in October of last year.

[Sophie Vorrath]

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