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$140m for Pilbara Hydrogen Hub

The Federal Government has finalised a $140 million agreement with Western Australia to establish the Pilbara Hydrogen Hub.

This hub aims to be a significant centre for hydrogen production and export, potentially serving as an international gateway for Australian-made green steel and iron.

The project is expected to generate nearly 1000 direct and indirect jobs, spanning various professions such as builders, concreters, electricians, plumbers, fitters, and technicians.

Construction on infrastructure, including roads and intersections, will commence this year, with the hub expected to be operational by mid-2028. The planned pipeline could facilitate hydrogen production of around 492,000 tonnes annually, contributing to the decarbonisation of existing ammonia production on the Burrup Peninsula.

The $140 million investment, split equally between the Commonwealth and WA Government, will not only support hydrogen exports and renewable energy production infrastructure but also establish a Clean Energy Training and Research Institute. This institute aims to provide practical, job-focused training in renewable energy and hydrogen for Pilbara residents, including First Nations peoples.

According to Western Australian Premier Roger Cook, the hub was a key part of his government’s plan to turn WA into a global clean energy powerhouse.

“When it comes to producing and exporting world-leading products at a global scale, WA leads the way,” Cook said.

“This project will be WA-produced hydrogen on Asia’s doorstep, helping to strengthen and diversify our economy for the future.”

Minister for Climate Change and Energy Chris Bowen said in a statement that the hub would ensure the Pilbara’s future as a major energy producer and exporter.

“This hub will bring a new clean energy industry to the Pilbara, supporting the region’s world-class industries well into the future,” Bowen said.

“WA is already a global mining and export powerhouse, and it’s now primed to become a world-leading hydrogen supplier as well.”

Kevin Michel WA Member for Pilbara added that the hydrogen hub means hundreds of potential long-term local jobs for the region.

“Developing a hydrogen industry in the Pilbara means more jobs and a strong future for our local communities,” he said.

According to the Federal Government, by 2050 Australia’s hydrogen industry is anticipated to generate $50 billion in additional GDP and create over 16,000 jobs in regional Australia, including WA.

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