CS Energy to build green hydrogen plant at Kogan Creek

An artist's impression of the Kogan Renewable Hydrogen Demonstration Plant
An artist's impression of the Kogan Renewable Hydrogen Demonstration Plant

CS Energy will construct the 50-tonne Kogan Renewable Hydrogen Demonstration Plant near Chinchilla, appointing IHI Engineering Australia (a subsidiary of IHI Corporation Japan) to commence the build in September this year.

Minister for Energy, Renewables and Hydrogen Mick de Brenni said the Queensland Government would provide $28.9 million towards the project and a refuelling network from the government’s $2 billion Queensland Renewable Energy and Hydrogen Jobs Fund.

CS Energy’s plans for the refuelling network in South West Queensland are in the development phase. 

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“The Kogan Renewable Hydrogen Demonstration Project will produce 50,000 kilograms of renewable hydrogen each year when operational in 2023,” de Brenni said.

“It is one of the most advanced renewable hydrogen projects in Queensland, with CS Energy’s recently announced collaboration with Japan’s Sojitz Corporation to export hydrogen to Palau, as well as strong interest from potential offtakers in the domestic heavy transport and haulage sector.

“Queensland has a unique competitive advantage in the production of renewable hydrogen, with our proximity to Asia, established infrastructure, manufacturing capabilities and renewable energy generation.”

CS Energy has entered into an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract with IHI Engineering Australia for the Kogan Renewable Hydrogen Demonstration Plant.

“This project highlights the significant value of Queensland’s publicly owned power stations in the diversification of our State’s future energy portfolio,” de Brenni said.

“A range of businesses will be used to deliver this project, ranging from local contractors for some on-site works and services, to international suppliers of specialised equipment.

“It’s great to hear that IHI Engineering Australia has already been in discussions with regional companies identified through CS Energy’s skills mapping partnership Toowoomba and Surat Basin Enterprise.”

CS Energy CEO Andrew Bills said IHI had proven expertise in renewable hydrogen and he looked forward to working with them again following their joint feasibility study into the Kogan project in 2021.

“This demonstration project will provide CS Energy with valuable expertise and learnings so that we can establish a footprint in the renewable hydrogen sector and prepare for upscaling to commercial scale,” Mr Bills said.

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“As Australia’s energy sector transforms, it’s really important that CS Energy diversifies our revenue streams so that we create a sustainable future for the business.”

The demonstration project includes the co-location of a solar farm, battery, hydrogen electrolyser, hydrogen fuel cell, hydrogen storage and out loading facility.

It will be built next to CS Energy’s Kogan Creek Power Station, but will only be powered by renewable energy from the solar farm.

CS Energy will operate and maintain the plant once it is completed.

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