Japanese giants investigating Australian green hydrogen supply chains


Green hydrogen and green ammonia supply chains are being investigated in Australia by two large Japanese industrial participants. In Queensland, ITOCHU Corporation is exploring establishing a green hydrogen supply chain. The viability of a green ammonia supply chain is being investigated by Mitsui O.S.K. Lines and Origin Energy.

ITOCHU, a trading and investment company, is conducting a feasibility study in Australia to produce and store green hydrogen. The study will also look into the possibility of establishing a green hydrogen export base.

The feasibility study will be carried out by Itochu in collaboration with the following partners:

Infrastructure in Dalrymple Bay (DBI)

North Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation Limited is a company based in North Queensland, Australia.

Brookfield Asset Management is a firm that specializes in asset management.

At the Dalrymple Bay Terminal, the parties will look at producing and storing green hydrogen (DBT). The Queensland Government-owned port is managed by DBI. The project will also examine at how DBT’s export facilities can be used to create a supply chain. The feasibility study will be carried out in stages by the parties. The first phase will commence in 2021.

As a green hydrogen production foundation, DBT is gaining traction. The port is located at Hay Point, which has been designated as a renewable energy development area. DBT’s export infrastructure should be enhanced to develop hydrogen-exporting facilities. As a result, the port is an ideal site for establishing a green hydrogen supply chain.

ITOCHU aspires to create a green hydrogen supply chain to help the world become more carbon-free.

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) will collaborate with Origin Energy, an Australian energy business, on a feasibility study. By 2050, the MOL Group wants to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions.

By December 2021, the project will investigate into ammonia maritime transport and demand in Japan and Asia. It will also consider the feasibility of establishing a supply chain.

Several green ammonia and hydrogen projects are being pursued by Origin. A green ammonia export project near Bell Bay, Tasmania, is one example. The first shipment is scheduled for 2026.

A technology-led solution, according to Japan and Australia, is vital to decreasing greenhouse gas emissions. Economic growth and job creation will also be ensured by a technology-driven response.

Under the Japan-Australia Partnership on Decarbonisation via Technology, the two countries will collaborate on measures to transition to net zero emissions. At the third Ministerial Economic Dialogue between Japan and Australia, both nations agreed to advance measures on:

CO2 sequestration and storage

hydrogen that is free of contaminants

Ammonia is a clean fuel.

These cooperative projects, such as the Hydrogen Energy Supply Chain project, build on existing robust bilateral cooperation.

Arnes Biogradlija
Creative Content Director at EnergyNews.Biz

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