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Federal government to invest $70 million in Townsville hydrogen hub

Edify Energy will begin construction next year on a hydrogen hub that will start by producing 800 tonnes of green hydrogen per year for the transport industry

The federal government has announced it will invest up to $70 million in developing a Townsville Region Hydrogen Hub in north Queensland.

As the successful recipient of the funding, Edify Energy will work with partners to deliver a 17.6MW demonstration production facility with integrated renewable energy generation.

Once completed, the Townsville Hydrogen Hub will also produce green hydrogen for use at a local critical mineral processing plant, as well as in zero-emissions transport.

Supporting the production of 800 tonnes of green hydrogen per year, the hub will be positioned where various producers, users and potential exporters of hydrogen in certain markets are co-located.

The end goal is for the hub to increase to around 3,000 tonnes produced for domestic supply with a view to scaling up production to 150,000 tonnes per year for export.

Creating at least 200 direct job opportunities for local electricians, plumbers, fitters and concreters during the construction phase, the government says the hub will also create ongoing technical and engineering jobs.

Construction is set to begin next year and completed in 2026, with initial commercial operations scheduled to start in 2027.

The Townsville hub will join other announced hydrogen hub projects including in Kwinana, the Hunter, Gladstone, Bell Bay and Port Bonython.

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