The planned H2-HubTM Gladstone has reached the public consultation phase for the draft terms of reference for the project’s Environmental Impact Statement following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding in April of this year (EIS).
The Coordinator-proposed General’s terms of reference identify the factors that The Hydrogen Utility Pty Ltd (H2U) must take into account while creating the EIS.
Queenslanders now have the opportunity to comment after the Coordinator-General of Queensland issued the proposed terms of reference for the environmental impact statement for the H2-HubTM Gladstone project.
Queenslanders may now voice their opinions on what will be taken into account when the project is evaluated, according to Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development Steven Miles.
In April, H2U and Orica announced their partnership as key partners to launch the project’s first phase of delivery. H2-HubTM Gladstone was also designated as a coordinated project at that time.
A total of more than 550 jobs are expected to be created during construction, with up to 350 positions possible at its height, and an additional 140 jobs will be maintained after the facility is operating. The project is predicted to cost $4.7 billion to complete.
The plant for producing and exporting green ammonia and green hydrogen is planned to be developed in two phases. Within the Gladstone State Development Area, in Yarwun, it will be situated. The new building is anticipated to use only renewable energy from recently constructed solar and wind resources in the State.
“Projects like these help Queensland advance toward being a leader in sustainable energy.
“There is a ton of activity all around the state because Queensland might produce up to 40% of the hydrogen produced in Australia by 2040.
According to Minister for Energy, Renewables, and Hydrogen Mick de Brenni, “Domestic projects are being worked on from the tip of Cape York to the New South Wales border and our east coast ports such as Townsville, Hay Point and Brisbane are under active consideration by private sector proponents.”
Up to 3GW of electrolysis and around 5,000 tonnes of green ammonia generation per day are the anticipated capacities of H2-HubTM Gladstone.
The project’s salient characteristics are:
Production Precinct, a manufacturing facility producing green hydrogen and ammonia, is situated in the Gladstone State Development Area near Yarwun.
Co-located with current ammonia storage and import facilities at Fisherman’s Landing Wharf in the Port of Gladstone is the export precinct.
Production and export precincts are connected by a product and logistical infrastructure corridor.
“Proposed initiatives like these demonstrate the advantages of funding Queensland’s regions and generating long-term employment.
Glenn Butcher, the minister for regional development and manufacturing and a member of Gladstone, stated that “this project opens export prospects for green ammonia at the Port of Gladstone, providing even more opportunities in Gladstone.”
Construction on the first phase is anticipated to start in 2023, and production will start near the end of 2025, pending all necessary clearances.