Bell Bay demolition clears path for green fuels in Tasmania

Aerial image of the now defunct Bell Bay Power Station
The now defunct Bell Bay Power Station

The demolition of Tasmania’s decommissioned Bell Bay Power Station is now underway, marking a milestone in the development of the Bell Bay Powerfuels Project.

Tasmanian Minister for Energy and Renewables Nick Duigan said, “Demolition works will allow ABEL Energy to commence construction of its Bell Bay Powerfuels green hydrogen and methanol project.

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“Green hydrogen is a critical enabler in Australia’s energy transition to a cleaner and more sustainable future.

“Today is a symbolic milestone in Tasmania’s renewable energy journey, removing the old thermal power station to make way for the future of renewable energy, green hydrogen production.”

Bell Bay Powerfuels is a green methanol production facility located in Bell Bay, Tasmania. The project aims sustainably produce 300,000 tonnes of green methanol to be used as an alternative fuel for hard to abate sectors such as shipping or aviation.

The project will complement and expand the renewable resources of Tasmania, including world-leading low-emissions renewable power and harvest residues from certified forestry plantations, to produce net-zero methanol.

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“The Bell Bay Powerfuels Project is the most advanced export-scale green hydrogen project in Tasmania and it’s an exciting day to see the project progress, demonstrating commitment in Tasmania to our shared renewable energy future,” Duigan said.

“I am confident that these developments will underpin the development of a world class green hydrogen industry in the state.”

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