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New 6GW Australian wind-solar-green hydrogen project 'could export power to Japan and South Korea'

Developer plans using wind and solar to produce green hydrogen for international export as ammonia

The facility would be built just east of the northern Flinders Ranges in the north of South Australia (pic credit: LJLaBarthe/Wikimedia Commons)
The facility would be built just east of the northern Flinders Ranges in the north of South Australia (pic credit: LJLaBarthe/Wikimedia Commons)

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Kallis Energy Investments has unveiled plans for the Moolawatana renewable hydrogen project in South Australia, which that would combine around 3GW of wind and solar each with electrolysers and a desalination plant.

The 6GW facility would be built just east of the northern Flinders Ranges in the north of South Australia.

It could produce green hydrogen that would be transported via a pipeline or transformed into green ammonia – by adding nitrogen – ready for shipping to global markets, including Japan and South Korea, the investor stated.

Environmental consultancy WSP has completed preliminary environmental and planning assessments. The developer will also explore a range of topics during the pre-feasibility stage, including water availability for electrolysis.

Kallis Energy Investments has also launched a preliminary consultation on the project with stakeholders in private and public sectors.

The company’s chairman, Terry Kallis, also chairs the company behind the 2200MW Star of the South Star of the South (2200MW) Offshoreoff Gippsland, Victoria, Australia, Asia-Pacific Click to see full details project, which could be Australia’s first offshore wind farm.

Kallis has not confirmed a price tag for the project or a likely completion date.

Green hydrogen hubs

The Moolawatana renewable hydrogen project is the latest in a series of gigawatt-scale wind-solar-green hybrid projects planned in Australia.

InterContinental Energy, CWP Global and Mirning Green Energy plan to use 50GW of renewables capacity to produce green hydrogen and ammonia.

Hong Kong-based Intercontinental Energy, Australian counterpart CWP Renewables, Pathway Investments and Vestas plan to use 26GW of wind and solar to produce green hydrogen, but have faced permitting obstacles.

And Province Resources plans to use 1GW of wind and solar capacity to produce green hydrogen and ammonia.

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