Woodside Energy, along with construction giant BGC and transport and logistics company Centurion, is advancing plans for a self-contained hydrogen production, storage and refuelling station next to Woodside’s H2Perth, a proposed domestic export-scale hydrogen and ammonia factory in Western Australia.

The project — dubbed Hydrogen Refueller @H2Perth — was successful at the expressions of interest stage of the Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science & Innovation’s A$10 million (US$6.92 million) hydrogen-fuelled transport programme.

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Woodside said the programme is intended to accelerate the uptake of hydrogen-fuelled transport, build local skills and capability and stimulate local hydrogen production.

With matched funding from Woodside, the proposal aims to deliver hydrogen at A$11 per kilogram and to subsidise a number of large hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles.

Hydrogen will be produced using a 2 megawatt electrolyser, powered by renewable energy sourced from the South West Interconnected System. Production will be scheduled to take place during periods of excess solar in the grid with the hydrogen stored on site. Woodside would also use renewable energy certificates where needed.

Woodside is initially aiming to produce 235 kilograms per day of hydrogen at the facility with the potential to scale up to 800 kilograms per day.

The site is expected to supply low cost, renewable hydrogen fuel for local customers, offering produced hydrogen to industrial customers and the public for 10 years, Woodside said.

It will also be used to stimulate and enable hydrogen demand in Western Australia and support state government objectives for hydrogen to be a significant fuel source for transport by 2030.

Woodside chief executive Meg O’Neill said Hydrogen Refueller @H2Perth demonstrated the company’s support for the continued development of Western Australia’s hydrogen market.

“The proposed refuelling facility would deliver on our commitment to make low cost, lower-carbon hydrogen-based energy available to local customers, while also progressing export opportunities such as H2Perth,” she said.

“We don’t just need new sources of energy, we need an entirely new and integrated supply chain for successful energy transition,” O’Neill added.

Regulatory approvals

Woodside will continue to progress work on the Hydrogen Refueller @H2Perth’s design and on engagement with relevant regulatory bodies, with 2024 earmarked for start-up subject to necessary commercial arrangements and regulatory approvals, including securing land tenure.

The company has signed conditional, non-binding offtake memorandums of understanding stating its intention to supply hydrogen from Hydrogen Refueller @H2Perth to BGC, which intends to buy and operate five to 10 hydrogen concrete agitator trucks, and Centurion, which intends to buy and operate two hydrogen prime movers.

BGC chief executive Daniel Cooper said the initiative would be important to the future of mainstream hydrogen uptake in WA.

“BGC welcomes the opportunity to work with Woodside, Centurion and the State Government to progress the energy innovations needed to keep our industries powered into the future.”

Centurion chief executive Justin Cardaci added: “Transport and logistics is an emissions intensive sector and it is incumbent on businesses like ours to actively participate in the energy transition and the journey towards a net-zero emissions future.”