WA Leading the way in hydrogen

The Government of Western Australia has brought together major industry representatives from Australia and Germany, in an inaugural roundtable event to discuss hydrogen collaboration and partnership opportunities.

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The introductory meeting, held earlier this week, has positioned WA as the first state in Australia to hold such an event since the Joint Declaration of Intent to deliver a Hydrogen Supply Chain Feasibility Study, was signed between the Australian and German governments in August 2020.

The roundtable was hosted by Regional Development Minister and minister responsible for hydrogen development, Alannah MacTiernan and serves as an important step in progressing the State’s local hydrogen industry and supports global efforts to reduce carbon emissions. The event further reinforces the significant work undertaken with the German Government and industry in recent years to lay the foundations for WA’s growing hydrogen industry.

Major German and Australian businesses attended the meeting, including ThyssenKrupp, Siemens, Daimler AG, Woodside, BHP, Yara Pilbara and Fortescue Metals Group. Speakers included Andreas Radke, Acting Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany, and Dr Falk Bömeke from the German Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy.

Describing the opportunity, Minister MacTiernan said “Germany currently imports up to 70 per cent of its energy and is eyeing renewable hydrogen for its future energy needs.”

Minister MacTiernan emphasised that Western Australia, set apart by being both a producer of hydrogen and a key technology partner, has an extraordinary opportunity to become a leader in the emerging renewable hydrogen industry.

Hydrogen in Western Australia

WA continues to prioritise strengthening relationships with international renewable hydrogen importers and in the WA Renewable Hydrogen Strategy and Roadmap, has allocated $1 million towards developing a detailed supply chain model to review potential bottlenecks and factors affecting the export industry.

The Western Australia Government is calling for expressions of interest to produce or use hydrogen at the Oakajee Strategic Industrial Area. This is a designated, greenfields strategic industrial area, located 435km north of Western Australia’s capital city of Perth, and 23km north of the Mid-West regional city, Geraldton. For further information on the Oakajee opportunity, please view our page here.

If you are a European company interested in exploring the Western Australian market, or are based in WA and wanting to engage with Europe, please get in contact with Joe Doleschal-Ridnell.