CO2CRC congratulates J-Power on achieving first hydrogen production in the Japan-Australia Hydrogen Energy Supply Chain (HESC) project.

“The successful production of hydrogen from the pilot hydrogen gasification and refining facility located at Loy Yang represents the first step in demonstrating the commercial-scale production, storage and transportation of clean hydrogen from the coal resources of the Latrobe Valley to customers in Japan, “said David Byers, Chief Executive CO2CRC.

“CO2CRC is pleased to have played an important role in the HESC project with responsibility for conducting FEED (front end engineering and design) studies and EPC (engineering, procurement and construction) services for delivery of the pilot hydrogen refining facility.

“In that regard, we acknowledge the vital contribution of Melbourne engineering company, GLP Group, in working with us on the Pre-FEED (Concept), FEED and EPC work. Together, we are delighted to have supported J-Power and GHD (J-Power’s engineering, planning and environmental services supplier) in achieving this important milestone.

“CO2CRC is proud to be playing a part in a project which aims to create a new hydrogen export industry for Australia. If the HESC project proceeds to commercial phase, combined with carbon capture and storage (CCS) through the CarbonNet project, it promises a ‘clean hydrogen’ use for the Latrobe Valley’s vast coal reserves,” he said.

Last week, Gippsland Hydrogen Technology Cluster was announced as one of 13 regional hydrogen technology clusters to receive federal government funding through National Energy Resources Australia (NERA) and they also received additional funding from the Victorian Government as part of efforts to scale up Australia’s domestic hydrogen industry to become a globally viable competitor.

CO2CRC is very pleased to support the formation of a hydrogen cluster in Gippsland and congratulates the Committee for Gippsland for leading the successful consortium.

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Roy Anderson, CO2CRC Communications on 0435 474 342 or