The Hanguk-Hoju Hydrogen Consortium (Han-Ho) has unveiled plans to establish a green hydrogen “super hub” at Abbot Point in north Queensland, Australia.
This ambitious project aims to produce up to 1.8 million tonnes of green ammonia annually for export to Korea by 2032. The consortium, consisting of Ark Energy, Korea Zinc, Hanwha Impact, and SK Gas, plans to leverage the region’s renewable energy potential to drive large-scale hydrogen production and create a thriving green growth engine for both Australia and Korea.
The centerpiece of the project is Ark Energy’s Collinsville Green Energy Hub, which is strategically located southwest of Bowen. With an expected capacity of up to 4.5 GW, this hub will harness a combination of wind and solar energy to power electrolysers for green hydrogen production. The hydrogen will then be converted into ammonia for shipping. Han-Ho firmly believes that north Queensland possesses the potential to become a global leader in green hydrogen production and export.
To ensure the project’s viability, Han-Ho will conduct a comprehensive feasibility study examining the establishment of a large-scale green ammonia supply chain between Australia and South Korea. The Queensland government has also shown its commitment by investing $8.5 million in the project through its Energy and Jobs Plan hydrogen hubs program. This support will facilitate master planning, infrastructure development, and the necessary arrangements to transform Abbot Point into a hydrogen export hub.
The Han-Ho consortium’s vision is to accelerate the energy transition by creating new green growth opportunities in Australia and Korea. By capitalizing on the abundant renewable energy resources in north Queensland, the consortium aims to produce green hydrogen at scale and promote the adoption of sustainable practices. This project has the potential to revolutionize the energy landscape, reduce carbon emissions, and establish a robust hydrogen supply chain between the two countries.