ENEOS to study Queensland-Japan green hydrogen supply chain

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ENEOS, Japan’s largest oil company, will launch a comprehensive report on a potential carbon-dioxide-free hydrogen supply chain between Japan and Queensland.

The announcement comes after Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk met with ENEOS Corporation executives during her trip to Japan to secure Brisbane’s 2032 Olympic bid. 

The ENEOS Corporation, who hold 50 per cent market share of petrol sales in Japan, was the official energy and hydrogen supplier for Tokyo’s 100 per cent green energy Olympics.

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“This is an exciting development for Queensland as we are working hard to develop our sustainable hydrogen industry and leverage the solar resources already developed and to be developed in the future,” Palaszczuk said.

“Since the launch of Queensland hydrogen strategy during my trade mission to Japan in 2018, we have seen a number of Japanese companies interested in developing Queensland hydrogen industry with us.”

ENEOS’s study will explore MCH (methylcyclohexane), a revolutionary hydrogen transport and storage technology that may be key to establishing a green hydrogen business in Queensland.

The study will assess the existing infrastructure, gaps in the supply chain and possible green transport options.

ENEOS owns essential infrastructure already, including petroleum tankers, storage facilitates and refineries, as well as import terminals in Japan that could be dehydrogenated. 

The Japanese oil company also has a pre-existing history in Queensland. ENEOS has started construction on Japan’s largest solar investment in Australia, the 204MWdc solar project in the Western Downes.

The project’s construction will create 400 jobs in regional Queensland.

Minister for Energy, Renewables and Hydrogen Mick de Brenni said that Queensland has a bright future in hydrogen exports, and the state is perfectly situated for the burgeoning industry.

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“Australia’s hydrogen industry is expected to contribute at least $11 billion to the national economy and generate around 7,600 jobs by 2050,” Mr de Brenni said.

“We’re making sure Queensland is in prime position to take advantage of this huge opportunity.”

 “Our location on Australia’s east coast is also a bonus – with close proximity to key Asian markets, including Japan, where hydrogen demand is expected to be high.”

ENEOS’s investment are a vote of confidence in Queensland’s future in renewables, says Mr de Brenni.