To build the Kogan Renewable Hydrogen Demonstration Plant close to Chinchilla in the Western Downs region, Queensland government-owned utility CS Energy has formalised its joint venture (JV) agreements with Senex, owned by South Korean steel giant Posco alongside Gina Rinehart’s Hancock Energy.
After recently meeting in CS Energy’s Brisbane office to finalise the joint venture agreement, outgoing CS Energy Chief Executive Officer Andrew Bills and Senex counterpart Ian Davies expect construction of the project to begin within months.
A roughly 1 MW hydrogen electrolyser will be part of the Kogan Renewable Hydrogen Demonstration Plant, which will also have a 2 MW solar farm nearby. A hydrogen fuel cell, on-site hydrogen storage, and an out-loading facility will also be part of the project, which is now anticipated to be up to 30 kW.
The project will be a part of an energy hub that also includes a 100 MW/200 MWh battery energy storage system and is being built next to CS Energy’s current coal-fired Kogan Creek Power Station.
According to CS Energy, the project’s objectives are to produce green hydrogen, offer energy and other grid services, and gain experience from a working hydrogen project that includes hydrogen production, storage, transport, and handling.