Australia – With the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Port of Townsville and Ark Energy, North Queenslanders could be shipping 120,000 tonnes of renewable hydrogen to South Korea within the next decade.
Minister for Energy, Renewables and Hydrogen Mick de Brenni stated that a feasibility study will be conducted at Sun Metals’ zinc refinery in Townsville to evaluate the establishment of a renewable hydrogen facility centered on the transport industry, as well as hydrogen export capabilities at the Port of Townsville.
Scott Stewart, Minister for Resources and Member for Townsville, stated that the Port of Townsville is an important piece of infrastructure for growing hydrogen exports.
The primary goal, according to Ark Energy Chief Executive Officer Daniel Kim, is to establish North Queensland’s domestic hydrogen economy by assisting fleet owners in transitioning from diesel to zero emission hydrogen fuel cell commercial vehicles that can be refueled at SunHQ.
“We believe that Townsville has the potential to become a major global hub for hydrogen exports. The MOU with the Port of Townsville is an important step in our journey to investigate this exciting export opportunity, which has the potential to transform the regional economy of North Queensland,” Said Daniel Kim.