A proposed 8 gigawatt Australian green hydrogen hub involving French supermajor TotalEnergies has enlisted Australia-listed Global Energy Ventures (GEV) to explore shipping hydrogen from the proposed project to the Asia-Pacific region.

Project owner Province Resources revealed this week it, along with Total Eren, had signed a memorandum of understanding with GEV to carry out a feasibility study, at its own cost, on the export of green hydrogen from the proposed HyEnergy development in Western Australia.

The scope of the study includes transmission from the onshore hydrogen gas production facility to an offshore ship loading buoy and then on to nominated Asia-Pacific markets utilising GEV’s compressed hydrogen shipping solution.

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Province and Total Eren are hoping the study will help provide them enough confidence to warrant the selection of compressed hydrogen as the preferred export method in the next phase of project engineering for the proposed development.

“We are keen to understand the benefits of compressed hydrogen in relation to other means of transporting our potential green hydrogen product to market. GEV are leaders in this technology and will bring that experience to the study,” said Province chief executive David Frances.

GEV managing director Martin Carolan added: “The HyEnergy project is an ideal green hydrogen export project for our compressed hydrogen shipping solution given its strategic location on the WA Gascoyne coastline, within a regional distance to multiple Asian markets with a future requirement for imported hydrogen.”

The MoU is non-binding, non-exclusive, and expires on 31 December next year.

Province is proposing to build the HyEnergy project near the West Australian town of Carnarvon, in an area it believes is suitable for both commercial scale wind and solar development.

It will be developed in two stages, with the installed renewable energy capacity eventually anticipated to total 8GW.

Total Eren — the renewable energy group part-owned by TotalEnergies — joined the project earlier this year, agreeing to carry out a feasibility study into the proposed project.

If the companies elect to move forward with the proposed development, they will each hold a 50% stake in the project, with development of the integrated hybrid renewable energy capacity to be led by Total Eren.