Green hydrogen and Tasmanian farmers working together

Bell Bay, Tasmania (tasmanian hydrogen)
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The Tasmanian Government is driving its vision of establishing Bell Bay as Australia’s first green hydrogen hub while also helping Tamar Valley farmers.

The government foreshadowed a proposed change to the Irrigation Company Act 2011 to enable Tasmanian Irrigation to supply bulk raw water to the Tasmanian Green Hydrogen Hub at Bell Bay.

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“This change will support the Tasmanian Renewable Hydrogen Action Plan, which sets the ambitious goal of transforming Tasmania into a globally significant exporter of green hydrogen from 2030,” Minister for Energy and Renewables Guy Barnett said.

“More than 12% of Australia’s annual rainfall falls in Tasmania, which represents 1% of Australia’s land. This resource is carefully managed to ensure sustainability.

“A common use water infrastructure solution is a key part of enabling green hydrogen production at Bell Bay. This proposed legislative change would ensure that Tasmanian Irrigation can assist the Government to progress with the most cost effective and appropriate solution to provide a sustainable and reliable water supply to the Bell Bay Green Hydrogen Hub,’’ Minister Barnett said.

The estimated water volumes to be provided to hydrogen producers would represent less than 1% of what would normally flow through the Trevallyn Power Station annually.

This proposal has the in-principle support of the TFGA and will help secure the prospects for the proposed Tamar Irrigation Scheme to the benefit of both irrigators and green hydrogen producers, and will not impact the availability or increase the price of water paid by farmers,’’ Minister for Primary Industries and Water Jo Palmer said.

“Importantly, any water supplied to green hydrogen producers would be sourced from the existing Hydro Tasmania water allocation, ensuring that no additional pressure is placed on Tasmania’s water supplies.

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“The government will undertake extensive consultation in relation to the proposed amendments and further information about this will be made available in the coming weeks on the Renewables, Climate and Future Industries Tasmania website.”

This announcement on the government’s preferred water supply solution follows last year’s announcement of up to $70 million in Federal funding to progress Bell Bay as a national green hydrogen hub, one of the first steps in securing Tasmania’s future in the transitioning energy landscape.

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