The HESC Project has again been emphasised as a key example of cooperation between Japan and Australia during a recent meeting between the Australian Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, the Hon Dan Tehan MP, and the Japanese Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, HE Mr Kajiyama Hiroshi. The pair met in Tokyo on 15 July 2021 and were joined virtually by the Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction, the Hon Angus Taylor MP, to discuss the progress of initiatives which will drive the transition to net zero emissions and achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement.
The HESC Project featured prominently in these discussions and was referenced in their joint statement that agreed to continue prioritising initiatives on clean hydrogen and carbon capture and storage, ahead of the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference, also known as COP26. The Ministers reiterated the view that a technology-led response is critical to reducing greenhouse gas emissions while also ensuring economic growth.
The HESC Project Partners appreciate the ongoing support from the Australian and Japanese Governments, which is key to successful implementation of the HESC Project. On the sidelines of this meeting, we were honoured to welcome Minister Tehan to the HESC’s liquefied hydrogen terminal in Kobe, ‘Hy touch Kobe’, along with Her Excellency Ms Jan Adams AO, PSM, Australia’s Ambassador to Japan. The pair were given a tour of the site and the world’s first liquefied hydrogen carrier, the Suiso Frontier.
HESC Project Partners today announced the project would contribute $5000 to the Gippsland Emergency Relief Fund (GERF) to provide immediate financial assistance to flood affected Gippsland communities.
HESC Project Partner and Non-Executive Director of J-Power Latrobe Valley, Jeremy Stone, said it was important for the project to support the community it operates in.
“We are proud to be part of the Gippsland community – many members of our team call the Latrobe Valley home, so it saddened us to see the devastation caused by the floods earlier this month,” he said.
“Over the years, the people in this region have proven their resilience and commitment to supporting each other. We are honoured to play our part in this, especially through donating to GERF and the fantastic work it does.”
The GERF has so far distributed $133,000 to 55 eligible recipients across Gippsland, including residents from Latrobe, Wellington, Baw Baw and South Gippsland.
Update: At the closure of the appeal, GERF raised and distributed $627,000 to 268 families across five impacted municipalities, which means it is the organisation’s largest flood-related fundraising event in its history.
Sugiyama moved to Australia in 2019 to take on the role of Finance Manager for
Hydrogen Engineering Australia (HEA).
motivated to move overseas and work on a future-focused business, like the
Hydrogen Energy Supply Chain (HESC) Project.
He studied accounting and economics at a university in Japan, before working at a large accounting firm for 7 years. Haruki says experience in accounting, tax, and communication is key to managing the finances for HEA as part of the HESC Project.
significant part of my role is communicating with all the HESC Project Partners
and managing the collective budget for this project,” Haruki said.
experience working on many accounting and tax-related projects in his career,
he is well-placed to manage project financials.
asked what the greatest challenge working on the HESC Project is, Haruki said,
“HESC is a world-first project that is creating a hydrogen supply chain from
Australia to Japan. Sometimes we face unexpected issues, but the most rewarding
part of my role is working with and receiving the support of HESC Project
Partners to overcome these unexpected challenges.”
lived in Melbourne for the past two years, Haruki shares how different his life
in Australia is compared to living in Japan.
enjoy not worrying about earthquakes and squishing into unbelievably packed
trains,” he said.
also enjoy going for drives with my wife in Victoria and discovering new places
we haven’t visited before. Australians are really friendly and have really good
Haruki looks forward to working on the HESC Project as it works towards commercialisation over the coming years.
Fourteen members of the Hastings Country Fire Authority (CFA) toured Australia’s first and only hydrogen liquefaction, storage, and loading facility at the Port of Hastings in April.
For each of the local Fire Fighters, it was their first tour of a hydrogen facility.
Hirofumi Kawazoe, General Manager of Hydrogen Engineering Australia led the tour and said the group was keen to see demonstrations of the on-site fire-fighting equipment and deluge system (a fire sprinkler system). It sprays water on the liquid hydrogen (LH2) storage container and hydrogen gas (GH2) trailer.
Mike Willmott, second Lieutenant of the Hastings Fire Brigade said, “Following the Site Tour of the Hydrogen Liquification Plant, all firefighters were impressed with the level of safety and the amazing technology that was being employed.”
“The Brigade would like to sincerely thank Mr. Hiro for taking the time to allow us to tour the facility. I know that after the visit and from the talk amongst the firefighters back at the station, there would be more members who were not able to attend the evening, who would benefit from a visit.”
“I really enjoyed answering questions and giving the Fire Fighters a tour of the HESC site. There was great interest in our operations,” Mr. Kawazoe said.
At the engineering stage for the liquefaction plant, HESC Project Partner, Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI), and Iwatani Corporation (Iwatani) undertook various risk assessments to manage fire hazards at the liquefaction plant, including Hazard Operability and Hazard Identification assessments.
The plant has many safety devices such as sprinkler systems, hydrogen detectors, fire and explosion-proof equipment, and more.
Furthermore, the plant has been built at a far
enough range from any bushland.
KHI has previously worked with the Hastings CFA
by seeking and adopting feedback on its Fire Safety Study for the site. KHI has
also worked with Coregas, which brings strong expertise in health, safety and
environmental safety from managing hydrogen facilities around Australia.
The HESC Project continues to work with emergency service organizations in Hastings and Latrobe Valley to ensure safe operations.
On Monday, the 24th of May, His Excellency Japanese Ambassador Shingo Yamagami hosted HESC Project Partner representatives for dinner at the Embassy of Japan in Canberra.
Also joining the dinner was The Honourable Angus Taylor MP, Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction, and Dr. Alan Finkel AO, Special Adviser to the Australian Government on Low Emissions Technology.
The group discussed various topics of interest including both countries’ commitments to creating a clean hydrogen economy, promising global hydrogen demand projections, the importance of CCS technology for early commercialisation, and, of course, the progress and key role of the HESC Project in the hydrogen partnership between Australia and Japan.
HESC Project Partners are grateful for the support of the Japanese and Australian Governments and were honored to have been invited to share an evening with such distinguished guests.
They look forward to continuing these strong relationships.
The report looks at: the emissions abatement opportunity
clean hydrogen produced from fossil fuels with CCS provides; cost drivers for
hydrogen produced from fossil fuels compared to renewable hydrogen; and policy
recommendations to drive investment in clean hydrogen production.
The emissions abatement opportunity clean hydrogen
produced from fossil fuels with CCS provides
For clean hydrogen to play a significant role in achieving
climate targets, the report says hydrogen production needs to ramp up from less
than two million tonnes per annum (Mtpa) to over 500Mtpa in less than 30 years.
If this target is met, it could deliver a 6 billion tonne CO2
reduction from 2050 onwards.
Cost drivers for hydrogen
produced with fossil fuels and CCS compared to renewable hydrogen
The cost of producing clean hydrogen from fossil fuels with
CCS can vary significantly from place to place due to differences in fuel
costs. According to 2019 data from the International Energy Agency (IEA),
hydrogen made from fossil fuel with CCS costs significantly less than hydrogen
from renewables – USD $1.20 –2.60/kg, compared to USD $3.20-7.70.
The GCCSI states this form of hydrogen production is most affordable as it utilizes existing available resources, infrastructure, and well-established supply chains.
Renewable hydrogen is currently more expensive to produce than clean hydrogen from fossil fuels with CCS due to capital expenditure required for electrolyzers, price of electricity and the utilization of electrolyzers.
Due to the falling cost of renewable energy and the abundant
availability of solar and wind resources, Australia has the potential to
produce renewable hydrogen for global export at a competitive price, in the
The report concludes that ramping up the demand and scale for the production of clean hydrogen requires a strong and sustained policy.
Seven recommendations are given in the report:
Define the role clean hydrogen produced from fossil fuels using CCS will play in meeting national emissions reduction targets and communicate this to industry and the public;
Create a certain, long term, high value on the storage of CO2;
Support the identification and appraisal of geological storage resources for CCS;
Develop and promulgate specific CCS laws and regulations that include the transfer of long-term liability for geologically stored CO2 to the Government subject to acceptable performance and behaviour of the stored CO2;
Identify opportunities for CCS hubs where clean hydrogen from fossil fuels with CCs can be produced and facilitate their establishment;
Provide low-cost finance and/or guarantees or take equity to reduce the cost of capital for hydrogen produced from fossil fuels with CCS investments; and
Where necessary, provide material capital grants to hydrogen from fossil fuels with CCS projects/hubs to initiate private investment.
In April, the Australian Government announced it will invest $275.5 million to accelerate the development of four additional clean hydrogen “hubs” in regional areas and implement a clean hydrogen certification scheme. It will also invest $263.7 million to support the development of carbon capture, use, and storage projects and “hubs”.
The GCCSI states that the urgency to reach net-zero emissions targets requires the deployment of all emissions-reducing technology.
Technologies that are mature, commercially available at a large scale, and have been used for many years, must be deployed.
The HESC Project welcomes the Australian Government’s
additional investment in low emission technologies as part of this year’s
The investments will support Australian industry,
create jobs, help cut emissions and drive investment while creating a new
energy economy in Australia.
As pre-announced by the Energy Minister and the
Prime Minister in April, the flagship hydrogen announcement was the
establishment of a $1.2 billion Technology Co-Investment Facility.
Of this, $639 million will back low-emissions
international technology partnerships and initiatives, by co-funding research
and demonstration projects and developing a carbon offset scheme in the
Indo-Pacific region. Also included is $263.7 million to support the development
of carbon capture technologies and hubs and $275.5 million to accelerate the
development of four additional clean hydrogen export hubs and implement a clean hydrogen certification scheme.
The HESC Project Partners are contributing to shaping this certification scheme and are thrilled to see more investment in areas that are critical to commercializing a clean hydrogen economy.
Earlier in May, Energy Minister Angus Taylor also
announced more than $100 million in ARENA funding towards three
commercial-scale renewable hydrogen projects.
This investment will assist the industry to advance commercial, large-scale hydrogen projects and complement the HESC project’s hydrogen production capacity to the benefit of the entire nascent Australian hydrogen industry.
“It is essential we position Australia to succeed by investing now in the technologies that will support our industries into the future, with lower emissions energy that can support Australian jobs,” the Prime Minister said.
is a strong appetite from business for the new emissions reduction technologies
that they know will be needed to run their operations and keep employing
Australians and grow jobs for the future.”
HESC Project Partners commend the Australian Government for its visionary
policy decisions and look forward to continuing working together with all
Government and private sector partners to boost the development of Australia’s
The HESC Project is hosting community drop-in sessions in Gippsland and Hastings over the coming weeks. The informal drop-in sessions are open to everyone and provides an opportunity to discuss the project with the HESC team, give feedback, ask questions and raise concerns.
Join our HESC Project team at one of the following sessions:
Morwell Mid-Valley Shopping Centre Corner of Centre Valley Road and Princes Drive, Morwell Between Woolworths and Big W Date: Tuesday, 27th April Time: 1.30PM -5.30PM
Hastings Woolworths Hastings 11-23 Victoria St, Hastings VIC 3915 Date: Wednesday, 28th April and Tuesday, 11th May Time: 2PM-6PM
Traralgon Traralgon Centre Plaza 166-188 Franklin Street Traralgon Between Kmart and Coles Date: Wednesday, 12th May Time: 2.30PM-5.30PM
moved to Australia in June 2019, bringing his family and vast experience in
hydrogen gasification technologies with him.
Mr Tomioka is the Chief Engineer for J-Power Latrobe Valley (J-Power LV), which recently announced commencement of hydrogen production from its coal gasification and hydrogen refining facility in the Latrobe Valley.
“The best thing
about being part of HESC is working with all the plant personnel to reach the
same goal of producing hydrogen,” Mr Tomioka said.
Mr Tomioka is
involved with planning and executing operations, maintenance and analysing the performance
of the HESC Project’s Latrobe Valley facility.
At a Japanese university, he studied catalytic reforming methodology of petroleum, including hydrogen production and earned a Master’s Degree in Applied Chemistry.
This study set him up to take on
the exciting opportunities that the emerging hydrogen economy is unlocking.
first job was working in environmental management of a coal power station in
Japan, with J-Power. He reported on the CO2 emissions produced by
the station and evaluated them against government emissions reduction targets.
work, I realised the importance of a zero-emissions future and became strongly
motivated to become involved in a hydrogen production project that can achieve
this goal,” he said.
In his second
job, Mr Tomioka gained the knowledge and experience of coal gasification he
uses today, from the J-Power Wakamatsu research institute.
working at the Institute— a centre focused on coal gasification technologies, gas
refining technology, carbon dioxide separation and capture facilities —Mr
Tomioka was captivated by HESC and requested to be assigned to the Chief
Engineer role in Australia.
Of the biggest
challenge faced while working on the HESC Project, Mr Tomioka said: “Operations
of the plant requires a lot of my experience and knowledge but when the
Victorian coal is gasified and refined from Victorian coal to hydrogen, I feel very
Mr Tomioka resides
in Traralgon and is fascinated by the old power station and landscape on the trip
to work each day.
Mr Tomioka not
only finds joy in his work, but in colloquialisms used by his Australian counterparts.
“I love hearing
the phrase ‘no worries’. It makes me happy every time I hear it.”
Mr Tomioka will
continue working in the Latrobe Valley for the duration of the HESC Pilot
Project and hopes to explore Australia’s beautiful nature and wildlife with his
family in his free time.
Coregas Engineer Ross Renna brings over 30 years of experience in the industrial gases industry to the Hydrogen Energy Supply Chain (HESC) Project.
Mr Renna started working
with HESC in 2019, when he set up key equipment at the Hastings and Latrobe
Valley sites. He was also involved in preparation for Coregas to handle site
operations at HESC’s hydrogen liquefaction facility – the first of its kind in
Now working as Transition
Manager, Mr Renna still maintains oversight of each site. He
oversees the day-to-day contract
and commercial requirements for the Hydrogen Liquefaction plant at Hastings,
where he is based. At the same time, he provides technical support for
He also brings a wealth of
safety experience to the HESC Project, previously working in Major Hazard
Facilities such as chemical and petrochemical plants.
No two days are the same
when working on the HESC Project, but he describes his work as exciting and
a day, I could be working through a plant risk assessment, reviewing
operational procedures for the ship transfer of the liquid hydrogen, and also
working through commercial invoicing,” Mr Renna said.
worked for years in the gases industry, Mr Renna has heard a lot of talk about
hydrogen being the fuel of the future. He shared his enthusiasm at being part
of a project that brings this talk to fruition.
me, it’s about being involved in a very exciting project which could have a
major impact in decarbonising industry and society,” he said.
feels like everywhere you look hydrogen is being discussed and Australia is
starting to do its share in developing new hydrogen projects. This is
really exciting for the future of hydrogen, especially for Australia.”
Renna shared that there is a lot of potential for people with experience
working in Major Hazard Facilities to apply their skills and knowledge to the
emerging hydrogen industry.
and experience from Major Hazard Facility sites, such as operational safety
controls, safe work practices and risk assessment development methodologies can
be transferred to projects like HESC, and other emerging hydrogen projects in
Reflecting on his two proudest moments so far working on the HESC Project, Mr Renna shared that one of the moments is when Coregas took operational management of the site from Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI) to operate and maintain the liquefaction site at Hastings.
has been a lot of great work from the Hastings team and many other Coregas team
members behind the scenes as well.”
proudest moment is the first-time liquid hydrogen was produced from the plant
and filled into the liquid hydrogen site container.”
With the HESC Project in its pilot phase, Mr Renna shares many of the challenges he and the team from KHI and Iwatani Corporation are working to overcome. A key challenge is around transferring liquid hydrogen from the Hastings site, onto the Suiso Frontier, when it arrives.
“At present, our focus is planning the
important phase of performing the liquid hydrogen ship transfer. I believe a
great working relationship has now been established with Coregas, KHI and
Iwatani” he said.
Renna will continue his important role while working on the HESC Project and
looks forward to seeing it in a commercial phase.
is one of the largest hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen and argon producers in
Australia, has been an integral part of the HESC project. The company is
providing engineering consultancy, onsite support and equipment for the
gasification plant at Loy Yang in the Latrobe Valley and the Australian first
liquefaction and loading facility at Port of Hastings.
For HESC Project Partner, Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI), liquefied hydrogen has long been the fuel of choice for its rockets. The company’s Tanegashima Space Centre is home to Japan’s largest liquefied hydrogen storage tank.
A similarly designed tank has been replicated for the HESC Project and is being used to store liquefied hydrogen at the Hastings liquefaction and loading terminal and the Kobe port-side storage facility.
is a fuel for the future, but for many years the challenges associated with its
storage saw it overlooked.
Hydrogen is a bulky gas, requiring more space for storage than conventional natural gas. To decrease storage capacity and for ease of transportation, hydrogen can be stored in liquid form. This reduces the hydrogen to 1/800 of its original size. However, when liquefied hydrogen is poured into a conventional tank, it can rapidly heat up, causing evaporation and loss.
Sato works in KHI’s Cryogenic Storage System Engineering Department and
explains how the company overcame this obstacle.
“In order to keep the hydrogen in its liquefied state, we needed a method to ensure a storage temperature of -253°C, which is extremely low,” said Mr Sato.
“Given the large mass of liquefied hydrogen, permanent cooling was not an option because of the huge running costs involved.
is why we designed a cooling structure similar to a colossal thermos, so to
Rather than cool the hydrogen, the design of the tank prevents any possible rise in temperature as soon as the liquefied hydrogen is loaded inside.
is achieved by a double-hull. The gap between the two hulls is filled with
perlite, which is used for insulation, and the resulting design creates a system
that allows for effective storage.
addition, the tank had to be designed to suppress any kind of heat conduction,
minimising any surface area where thermal transfer could occur.
results speak for themselves.
“This liquefied hydrogen tank was built in 1987 and has been in operation ever since. To date, we have found no sign of deterioration in its cold insulation performance,” Sato said.
nature of the storage technology means that the tank can be used to store clean
hydrogen from any source – including Australia.
The CarbonNet team is now updating 3D models of the site
using information from the lab. The project will also soon release a report on
the jobs that could be created by CarbonNet and CCS enabled industries across
Latrobe City and Wellington Shire Councils.
On Friday the 12th of March, Hydrogen Energy Supply Chain (HESC) Project Partners held a celebration to mark the commencement of operations at both Victorian sites of the Pilot Project.
guests, including the Australian, Victorian, and Japanese Governments, media,
travelled to Traralgon on the sunny morning to celebrate the project milestone.
The day began with live crosses to ABC News Breakfast around the country, where Jeremy Stone, Non-Executive Director of J-Power Latrobe Valley, gave journalist Madeleine Morris a tour of the HESC gasification site and explained HESC’s hydrogen development process.
Later in the
morning Jane Oakley, CEO of Committee for Gippsland, spoke to Madeleine about
the region’s hydrogen future.
Throughout the event, key speeches were given by: The Hon. Angus Taylor, Minister for Energy Reduction Emissions; Mr Shingo Yamagami; Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan in Australia; The Hon. Darren Chester, Minister for Defence Personnel; Mr Tim Pallas, Treasurer of Victoria; and Dr Alan Finkel, Australian Government Hydrogen Advisor as well as other distinguished guests and project partners.
welcomed guests to the event and commented on the beauty of the day saying, “I
think this weather is auspicious of things to come.”
culminated in a ribbon-cutting led by Shinichi Sakuno, Managing Director
of J-Power Latrobe Valley and Hirofumi
Kawazoe, General Manager of Hydrogen Engineering Australia (representatives
of both Australian project sites).
COVID-19, Japanese representatives were not able to join the physical event,
but over 55 viewers from Japan joined via live stream.
By the end
of the day, news about the HESC Project’s success had reached half a billion
coming months, operations at each of the Latrobe Valley and Hasting’s sites
will continue and the pilot will yield data and insights that
feed into the pathway to commercialisation. Liquefied hydrogen will be stored in Hastings
until shipments commence this year.
Latrobe Valley, Victoria: The Hydrogen Energy Supply Chain (HESC) Pilot Project today announced the commencement of operations at both Victorian sites of its world-first integrated supply chain.
HESC Project Partners, together with the Australian, Victorian, and Japanese Governments and distinguished guests today marked both milestones at the gasification and gas refining facility in the Latrobe Valley.
The HESC Pilot is developing a complete hydrogen supply chain, creating hydrogen gas via the gasification of Latrobe Valley coal, transport to the Port of Hastings for liquefaction, and shipment to Japan.
The commencement of the Australian arm of operations, using Latrobe Valley coal to produce hydrogen, is a world first and a great leap forward for the country’s ambition to be a key player in the emerging global hydrogen economy.
The HESC Pilot is being delivered by a consortium of experienced industry partners from Japan and Australia including Kawasaki Heavy Industries, J-POWER, Iwatani Corporation, Marubeni Corporation, AGL and Sumitomo Corporation, supported by the Victorian, Australian and Japanese Governments.
Hirofumi Kawazoe, from Hydrogen Engineering Australia (Kawasaki’s subsidiary company based in Melbourne), said the progress of the HESC Pilot places Victoria and Australia at the forefront of the global energy transition to lower emissions via the fuel of the future, clean hydrogen. “The next major HESC Pilot development will be the first shipment of hydrogen between Australia and Japan, aboard the world’s first purpose-built liquefied hydrogen carrier, the Suiso Frontier. The eyes of the world will be on Victoria, when shipments of liquefied hydrogen commence in 2021,” Mr Kawazoe said.
The HESC Pilot is proving it is possible to take Latrobe Valley coal and safely produce and transport hydrogen. It is yielding data and insights that feed into the pathway to commercialisation.
Jeremy Stone from J-POWER Latrobe Valley said the HESC Pilot has created approximately 400 jobs across the Victorian supply chain.
“A commercial-scale HESC can leverage and build local skills, potentially creating thousands of jobs. This will include long-term employment in a new clean energy industry for the people of Gippsland,” Mr Stone said.
“Latrobe Valley has a proud history powering Australia and today we celebrate the next generation of energy technology in the region.”
The Victorian and Commonwealth Governments’ CarbonNet Project is developing in parallel with HESC and is essential for the hydrogen pilot’s commercialisation. If both projects are commercialised, CO2 captured during hydrogen production would be transported and stored by CarbonNet using carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology. Rather than entering the atmosphere, CO2 emissions will be safely stored in rocks 1.5 kilometres beneath Bass Strait, similar to the way oil and gas has been trapped naturally for millions of years.
A commercial-scale HESC project could produce 225,000 tonnes of clean hydrogen annually with carbon capture and storage.
“We estimate our project could reduce CO2 emissions by 1.8 million tonnes per year, equivalent to the emissions of some 350,000 petrol cars, Mr Stone said.
The Victorian Government says the project has the potential to provide clean hydrogen with domestic use-cases, as well as kick-start the emergence of a new, global export industry with huge local economic benefits. The HESC Project will also help develop the infrastructure and highly skilled workers that are crucial ingredients for the emergence of an Australian hydrogen industry.
The HESC consortium thanked its staff and contractors in both the Latrobe Valley and Hastings for their work to date, including overcoming the many challenges COVID-19 presents.
“Without the support of the local communities, the Victorian, Australian and Japanese Governments, this project would not be possible,” Mr Kawazoe said.
HESC Project Partners are
proud to announce that hydrogen gas is successfully being produced from Latrobe
Valley coal as part of the world-first Hydrogen Supply Chain Pilot Project
This is a crucial project
milestone as it means hydrogen gas can soon be transported by truck to an
Australian first liquefaction and loading terminal at the Port of Hastings,
where the hydrogen gas will be liquefied and stored. Following this process,
the liquid hydrogen will be transported by a specially designed hydrogen marine
carrier ship to Kobe, Japan.
This milestone is a step
closer to achieving a global energy transition to lower emissions via using hydrogen
as a fuel — the fuel of the future.
The pilot project is delivered by
experienced Japanese and Australian industry
and supported by the Victorian,
Australian and Japanese Governments.
Coregas, one of the largest hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen and argon producers in Australia, has been an integral part of the HESC project. The company is providing engineering consultancy, onsite support and equipment for the gasification plant at Loy Yang in the Latrobe Valley and the Australian first liquefaction and loading facility at Port of Hastings.
has a wealth of experience in the steel production and gas industries. In his
new venture, working as a Site Manager in Hastings, he says, “It’s fantastic to
see growing momentum for a hydrogen industry in Victoria and Australia. I’m
excited to be part of this world-first project”.
relocated from NSW six months ago and has settled in Mornington, which is close
“Coregas is proud to be involved in such an environmentally significant project like HESC and it’s exciting to step forward in the hydrogen energy industry as it is a demonstration of potential for a whole new export market and pathway to renewable energies” he said.
Coregas has been involved in
the FEED (Front End Engineering Design) for the liquefaction plant in Hastings
and has provided support for the detailed design of the plant. Further to this,
Coregas is providing all the utility and specialised calibration gases to both
facilities, the hydrogen compressor for the gasification plant and
transportation services to move both liquefied and gaseous hydrogen.
A Coregas team
of 12 is providing experienced engineering and maintenance support to run and
maintain the liquefaction and loading facility in Hastings. The team belong to
a company experienced at working with hydrogen – running the largest hydrogen
merchant plant at Bluescope Steel’s Port Kembla steelworks.
Using this experience, Coregas’s expertise in the production and handling of hydrogen will be vital in the safe and efficient operation of the Hastings plant, as well as assisting with the loading of the world’s first liquid hydrogen carrier ship, the Suiso Frontier, when it arrives at the Port of Hastings this year. Coregas will also provide technical support at the Latrobe Valley site once operational.
about the most interesting piece of equipment being used at the Hastings site,
Paul spoke of the hydrogen liquefier, which has high-speed turbines, heat
exchange and compression and expansion to create extremely cold temperatures of
-253 degrees Celsius.
Working on the
project during COVID-19 hasn’t been without its challenges. COVID restrictions
meant a 25% restriction of the number of people on-site, work and travel
permits needing approval and deep cleans being required at the sites.
Furthermore, the lack of toilet paper, hand sanitiser and masks presented more
of a challenge. Nonetheless, Coregas implemented a COVIDSafe plan and
successfully maintained operations during the tough period.
When asked about working with HESC project partner Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI), Mr Vandenbrink said, “It has been an honour to work with the reputable team at KHI. We have been able to learn a lot about each other’s culture and together we have collaborated to deliver this fantastic initiative”.
Note on the hydrogen liquefier: The hydrogen liquefier works by pressurised hydrogen gas being fed into a vacuum-insulated cold box and getting pre-cooled with liquid nitrogen. Pre-cooled hydrogen gas is heat-exchanged with liquefied helium, which is produced from helium refrigeration cycle, then it is turned into liquid and transferred to an LH2 container.
Global participation in carbon capture and storage (CCS) is increasing in the effort to reach net-zero emissions by 2050, according to a new report from the Global CCS Institute (GCCSI), the Global Status of CCS Report 2020.
The report found the total capacity of CCS facilities operating and under development has grown by 33% worldwide over the last year alone. There are a total of 65 commercial CCS facilities in various stages of development globally.
However, the report warned, “deployment of the technology is not happening quick enough to reach 2050 climate goals. CCS facilities will need to increase by more than a hundredfold by mid-century, as but one part of how the world will reach carbon neutrality.”
The report highlighted that CCS can enable the production of low-carbon hydrogen at scale, particularly in regions where large amounts of affordable renewable electricity from hydrogen-producing electrolysis is not available and fossil fuel prices are low.
When it comes to this type of hydrogen production, Victoria has a significant competitive advantage due to its abundant, world-class coal resources and world-leading potential for CCS (via the CarbonNet Project), all within the Gippsland region.
ASEAN nations partner on CCUS
NikkeiAsia is reporting that Japan, Australia, the United States of America and 10 members of ASEAN are partnering to commercialise technology making carbon capture utilisation and storage (CCUS) possible.
captured can be used as a feedstock to create new materials such as CO2
infused concrete and various industrial chemicals, creating new ways of storing
ASEAN partnership will create ways to bury and reuse carbon dioxide in
Southeast Asia to reduce CO2 emissions produced from energy
infrastructure and industries.
partnership is to be initiated in early 2021, after first being discussed among
the member countries at East Asia Summit’s Energy Ministerial meeting in
CarbonNet Project update
The CO2CRC is CarbonNet’s lead research
partner. Read more about how the CarbonNet Project provides a suitable CCS solution for a commercial HESC
100% Gippsland owned company O&M has been working with J-Power Latrobe Valley to put 70 locals on the job during the construction phase of the Latrobe Valley coal gasification and refining facility.
2013 and based in Morwell, the company employs over 150 people from the
Gippsland region, which sometimes expands to 250 people when undertaking large
projects and plant outages.
The company specialises in delivering electrical and maintenance services to the power, water, oil, gas and mining industries. The hydrogen industry has been an exciting new venture for the team.
been responsible for the full electrical and instrumentation scope for the
construction of the Latrobe Valley site, working as an integral part of the plant
team, including collaborating with Japanese partners from J-Power, engineering
design consultants and the mechanical and structural builders of the site.
O&M has a
pool of personnel that are qualified for working in the hydrogen industry. Their
team have extensive cross-industry experience in large industrial environments
such as the power, mining, water, oil and gas, pulp and paper sectors and in
roles such as trades, plant operators, maintenance, supervisors and managers.
Those with experience
from the mining industry are well versed in handling, conveying and processing
large volumes of raw materials and operating, controlling and maintaining of
the associated plant systems.
“We have up to
eight staff that have worked on the systems, process and documentation
development in the period leading up to operations and assisted with plant
commissioning and process refinement. This team will transition to full-time
Operators and Maintainers for the full operating phase of the pilot project”
said Ian Green, O&M Business Manager.
The company is especially proud of the support and engagement they offer through its apprentice program, with six apprentices currently working for them. Two O&M HESC Project apprentices, Jay Murphy and Ashley Withell, shared their enthusiasm for working on the pilot project and the skills it is giving them to work in a new industry.
enjoy working on the HESC Project as they are playing an integral part in
emerging clean energy technology that will change the energy industry and lead to
positive change in managing climate change.
sees great potential for the Gippsland region to become a new hydrogen energy
hub and is confident the project will demonstrate the ability of the Gippsland
region to support such projects through the provision of infrastructure, a technical
and skilled workforce along with ready access to services and utilities.
Mr Green said,
“The rich resources in the region can support new energy industries and the availability
of locations for large project sites close to infrastructure, services and
utilities required also makes the regional an optimal place for emerging
forward to the HESC Pilot Project succeeding and seeing what the commercial-scale
opportunities will bring to Gippsland, including a large boost to employment
and the local economy.