Countrywide and DGA ink Portland Hydrogen deal

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Countrywide Hydrogen has signed a Letter of Agreement (LoA) with DGA Energy Solutions Australia to jointly conduct and fund studies for Countrywide’s Portland Green Hydrogen Project.

DGA is part of the Mitsubishi Corporation and represents the Australian arm responsible for renewable energy and green hydrogen related business development.

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The agreement sets out the two companies’ intention to undertake a feasibility study for a two-stage hydrogen production project utilising Countrywide’s previous groundwork in Portland.

Stage 1 of the project includes a proposed 10MW electrolyser with production destined for domestic supply, with Countrywide and DGA focusing on Countrywide’s long-seeded goal of decarbonising the Australian road transport industry and continuing the company’s Hydrogen HyWay rollout.

Stage 2 includes a proposed mega-scale green hydrogen project with exports to Japan and Korea, leveraging DGA and Mitsubishi’s financial and commercial expertise in both renewable energy and hydrogen related businesses. Renewable energy for the green hydrogen production will be sourced locally from both onshore and offshore wind farms, and potentially solar.

Countrywide managing director Geoff Drucker said, “This alliance with DGA is a testament to Countrywide Hydrogen’s project development and delivery capabilities.

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“Gaining DGA’s support firstly for a domestic supply project in Portland to mirror our Hydrogen Hyway rollout in Tasmania, and then followed by a significant export project in Stage 2, is what we have been strategically seeking: our comprehensive national decarbonisation plan in the short term to be followed by international expansion.

“In terms of the latter, the power of DGA’s parent, Mitsubishi Corporation, will be instrumental in securing offtakes in Japan and Korea for Stage 2 delivery.”

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