Australia’s Woodside Energy has signed a memorandum of understanding to study the feasibility of a long-term supply chain of liquid hydrogen from Western Australia to Singapore, and potentially Japan.

Keppel Data Centres, City Energy, Osaka Gas Singapore and City-OG Gas Energy Services are also involved in the study, which supports Singapore Green Plan’s goals to push the country to reach its net zero emissions targets as soon as possible.

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Halfway through 2022, the companies will re-evaluate and decide what the next phase of the study will be.

Woodside chief executive Meg O’Neill said the agreement aligns with the company’s strategy to develop a scalable portfolio of new energy products to help reduce emissions.

The Australian liquefied natural gas leader recently announced the proposed H2Perth Hydrogen facility in Kwinana, where it plans to establish a large-scale liquid hydrogen and ammonia export hub.

It also has ambitions to refuel hydrogen-powered bus fleets in South Korea and is planning a hydrogen facility in Oklahoma.

“It is important for us to work collaboratively with potential customers and end-users such as Keppel Data Centres, Osaka Gas Singapore, City Energy and City-OG Gas Energy Services to collaboratively build out a sustainable hydrogen supply chain from our proposed H2Perth Project,” O’Neill said.

“H2Perth is ideally located in Western Australia for shipping to Singapore and Japan and the project site is close to existing gas, power, water and port infrastructure, as well as a skilled local residential workforce.”

The liquid hydrogen will be used to power Keppel Data Centres’ operations, while City Energy, which is Singapore's national producer and retailer of town gas, hopes the hydrogen will help decarbonise town gas manufacturing processes to lower carbon emissions.

Australia is positioning itself to be a leading in hydrogen exports, as it has at least 69 gigawatts of planned green hydrogen projects in the pipeline and can take advantage of its gas reserves to produce blue hydrogen as well.