The HESC Project will adopt well-developed technology already used around the world, including in Australia. It will also bring new technologies to Australia that have been exhaustively tested and successfully demonstrated in other countries, including Japan.

The pilot phase will aim to demonstrate a fully integrated supply chain from source to destination. Construction of the pilot facilities, to be located in the Latrobe Valley and at the Port of Hastings, will commence in early 2019 and be operational for approximately one year from 2020 to 2021.


Hydrogen Production (Latrobe Valley)

A newly constructed hydrogen production plant located at the AGL Loy Yang Complex in the Latrobe Valley will produce hydrogen gas using technologies adapted specifically for Victorian brown coal.


Transport (Latrobe Valley to Port of Hastings)

Hydrogen gas will be transported to a liquefaction and loading terminal the Port of Hastings.

Conventional high pressure tube trailer trucks will be used in the pilot phase. A pipeline is envisaged for the commercial phase.


Liquefaction and loading (Port of Hastings to Japan)

The hydrogen will be liquefied to low temperatures, then shipped to Japan by an innovative, world first carrier specifically developed for the task.

Latrobe Valley

Hydrogen gas will be produced at a newly constructed plant located at the AGL Loy Yang Complex in the Latrobe Valley.

Port of Hastings

A newly constructed liquefaction, storage and loading facility will convert hydrogen gas (H2) to liquefied hydrogen (LH2) using existing commercial technology already in use overseas.