The Paris-based renewable energy company Total Eren is proposing to build a 2GW solar farm in the Northern Territory to support a 1GW hydrogen electrolyser facility near Darwin.
The proposal – the latest of a string of green hydrogen announcements for Australia – would rank as one of the biggest in the world should it be built any time soon, although there many projects of considerably larger scale.
Total Eren signed a memorandum understanding on Monday with the territory government to jointly work on development on what they are calling the Darwin H2 Hub, flagging the potential for 2,000 construction jobs and 175 ongoing jobs.
The Darwin H2 hub is looking to produce more than 80,000 tonnes of hydrogen per year, targeting domestic and international company efforts to decarbonise through the use of green hydrogen and to facilitate new industries.
Total Eren was founded in 2012 by the Eren Group, and French oil giant Total bought into the company in 2017. It has operations in Australia, including the Kiamal solar project in Victoria, and has a portfolio of 3.5GW of wind and solar farms.
“Our plan is to accelerate the development of the project to supply green hydrogen and also the opportunity to provide renewable energy which supports the decarbonisation plans for energy-intensive industries in the Territory,” Total Eren Australia managing director Kam Ho said in a statement.