Thursday, April 25, 2024

Townsville eyes hydrogen future

Townsville Mayor, Jenny Hill, has welcomed today’s announcement that the city’s NQH2 Consortium has been named one of three new hydrogen clusters.

Mayor Hill said the designation as a hydrogen cluster was recognition of the city’s work to position itself as a location for renewable energy manufacturing and, in particular, the aspiration to become a future leader in hydrogen production and export in Australia.

“I commend the work of the NQH2 Consortium in demonstrating to the Australian Government that Townsville has what is needed to become a national and international leader in hydrogen production and export,” she said.

“Green hydrogen will be an energy of the future and Townsville and North Queensland is uniquely placed to be able to supply green hydrogen to both domestic and export markets.

“We have substantial suitable land and renewable energy capacity, undersubscribed use of the North Queensland Gas Pipeline and renewable energy projects and the deep-water Port of Townsville through which hydrogen can be exported.

“We already have a number of proponents looking to develop hydrogen production facilities in the city including Ark Energy, Origin Energy and Edify Energy.”

She said the developments will provide an economic boost for the city.

“Now that it has named the NQH2 Consortium as a hydrogen cluster, I hope the Australian Government will back this developing industry with the financial and other support it needs to achieve its full potential,” the Mayor said.

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