IHI Corporation, a Japanese company, has joined the consortium of companies developing the green hydrogen hub HyNQ—North Queensland Clean Energy Project. To build the renewable energy and environmentally friendly hydrogen and ammonia production and export facility in North Queensland, IHI Engineering Australia will collaborate with Idemitsu Australia, Queensland energy business CS Energy, and local developer Energy Estate. Reportedly, HyNQ plans to build a 1 GW electrolyser in the Port of Abbot Point near Bowen, North Queensland, to produce green hydrogen and ammonia.
Furthermore, the facility will be powered by off-grid wind and solar farms, and the majority of its output will be exported. Domestic customers in North Queensland will be able to purchase some of the liquid hydrogen. The plan will make use of the port, road, and rail infrastructure that is already in place, as well as the transmission infrastructure that is already in place. Moreover, the project partners want to transition to the FEED stage in the first quarter of 2024 after already finishing a thorough pre-FEED study. In 2025, a final investment choice is anticipated. Production of hydrogen and ammonia is anticipated to begin in 2027 or 2028.
In June 2023, the Queensland government in Australia started construction on the 252 MW Wambo wind farm. The project, which was situated in the Western Downs region, was officially launched by Queensland’s Minister for Energy, Renewables, and Hydrogen, Mick de Brenni, in the presence of representatives from Cubico Sustainable Investments and Stanwell. Wambo Wind Farm was a joint venture between the two companies.