Edify and Port of Townsville sign hydrogen export deal

Edify has signed an MoU with Port of Townsville
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The Port of Townsville and Edify Energy Pty Ltd have signed an MoU to work together to advance Edify’s renewable hydrogen export project.   

The signing of the MoU follows Edify’s recent development approval to build and operate a renewable hydrogen production plant with up to 1GW electrolyser for 5,000-150,000 tonnes per year of renewable hydrogen at the Lansdown Eco-Industrial Precinct, 46km south of Townsville. 

“We are positioning Queensland as a global powerhouse for clean energy exports and the decent, secure jobs that will create for Queenslanders,” Queensland Minister for Energy, Renewables and Hydrogen Mick de Brenni said. 

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“Renewable hydrogen will boost construction, utilities, heavy manufacturing, and a range of local service industries. 

“That equals more jobs in more regional industry in Townsville and across the state.”

Edify CEO John Cole said Townsville’s existing infrastructure and industry was well placed to establish a renewable hydrogen production and export industry.   

“We are excited to be working with the Port of Townsville and other project proponents in the region. This MoU is another milestone for our project on its path to exporting renewable hydrogen and for Townsville’s journey to establishing sustainable long-term jobs and industry,” he said. 

“Using a renewable energy source to produce large-scale green hydrogen means Townsville will be perfectly poised to be North Queensland’s hydrogen hub and export capital on the east coast.  This is where future proofed jobs are created, new skills are learned, existing industries and infrastructure leveraged, manufacturing and communities thrive.”  

Port of Townsville CEO Ranee Crosby said North Queensland was uniquely positioned to play a leading role in the world’s growing demand for hydrogen, presenting significant opportunities for the region. 

“Hydrogen made with renewable energy is completely carbon free and is a flexible energy carrier that can power almost anything that requires energy,” she said. 

“This versatility, partnered with Townsville’s global connectivity and highly-skilled workforce, represents boundless opportunities to align the North’s economic prosperity with global ambitions to transition to a clean energy future.

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“The port recently released our Port Vision 2050—our roadmap for the next 30 years—which has a strong emphasis on action on climate change and committing to a climate positive future.”

“Facilitating the production, usage and export of green hydrogen is one of the port’s key strategic goals.” 

Edify Energy joins a growing list of proponents seeking to export renewable hydrogen through the Port of Townsville, including Origin Energy and Ark Energy Corporation. 

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