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Hunter Hydrogen Network creates supply chain jobs and investment.

The Hunter Region of New South Wales is set to become Australia’s first hydrogen valley.

Led by Energy Estate, the AU$ 2 billion plan to develop the country first hydrogen network, is supported by a consortium of local and global energy companies.

The first stage of the Hunter Hydrogen Network (H2N) project will see the production of green hydrogen (H2) using wind and solar energy to be used for transport, mining and industrial feedstock in the upper Hunter Valley. The second stage would pipe the green H2 made in the Hunter Valley over to Newcastle. There, it would be used to power a clean energy industrial precinct.

Companies taking part in the Hunter hydrogen network consortium include AGL Energy, the APA Group pipeline operator, the Idemitsu Japanese firm that owns a coalmine in Muswellbrook, Trafigura the commodities trader, Japan’s Eurus Energy, and RES Australia and Walcha Energy, which are both renewable energy developers.

Related: Energy Estate will be presenting the Hunter Hydrogen Network (H2N) project potential supply chain procurement opportunities at the online Connecting Hunter Industry Conference on August 4. To find out more connect here.

Energy Estate Principal Vincent Dwyer explained that the H2 would provide zero-emissions feedstock for chemical manufacturing. Moreover, it would also make it possible to develop green ammonia which could be exported.

“We’re not wanting to own all of these opportunities,” Mr Dwyer said.

“We’re wanting to enable them to occur by building the backbone infrastructure and then partner with people.”

“H2N’s ambition is to enable Australia’s first hydrogen valley in the NSW Hunter, transforming the region into a global superpower of renewable energy supply.”

The project is being co- developed by Energy Estate and global developer Eurus Energy (itself owned by Japanese powerhouses Tokyo Electric Power and Toyota Tsusho).  It is one of several projects in Energy Estate’s HydrogenGrowth platform that focusses on developing green hydrogen opportunities throughout Australia and internationally.

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