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Bell Bay hydrogen plant plans are public.

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Environmental Protection Agency Tasmania has made available for public comment a draft set of recommendations for a renewable hydrogen and ammonia factory in Long Reach.

The 750 megawatt green hydrogen plant proposed by energy retailer Woodside under the moniker H2TAS will create up to 800,000 tons of ammonia each year, according to the proposal.

The factory will use raw water from the Kanamaluka/Tamar River to manufacture liquid ammonia, a major component of agricultural fertilizer, and will release wastewater back into the river.

Environmental impact statement comments will be accepted until June 27.

Since the release of its Renewable Hydrogen Action Plan in 2020, the Tasmanian government has been in discussions with Woodside, Origin, Fortescue, and ABEL energy to position the state as a leader in large-scale production of renewable hydrogen energy.

After being selected for the $646 million clean hydrogen industrial center program, the coalition pledged $70 million to construct the manufacturing hub at Bell Bay.

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