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Queensland begins race to build hydrogen highway

Queensland has announced it has commenced construction on a hydrogen refuelling station

The Queensland government has announced it has started works this week on Australia’s first hydrogen refuelling facility at a public service station.

Minister for Energy, Renewables and Hydrogen Mick de Brenni says the hydrogen refuelling stop at one of Brisbane’s busiest service stations – the BP truck stop at Port of Brisbane – would be a critical link on the east coast hydrogen superhighway. 

“The opportunity for this energy revolution is up for grabs, all we have to do is take the ball and run with it,” de Brenni says.

“From hydrogen-powered trucks and coaches to trains and marine vessels, we are exploring every opportunity to capitalise on the opportunities of Queensland’s energy transformation.”

Member for Lytton Joan Pease says the state-of-the-art refuelling stop will be able to refill a hydrogen car in three to five minutes.

“The green hydrogen will be produced by a 220-kilowatt (kW) electrolyser powered by solar energy generated by a 100kW solar array at BOC’s Bulwer Island facility,” she says.

“And here at Lytton, it will help Queensland power its way towards an emissions-free future as hydrogen-powered vehicles start to hit the road.”

De Brenni says that with the pace and scale of the state’s energy transformation, there’s a need for more than 48,000 job opportunities on top of the current workforce to achieve its goals.

“To meet the global challenges of tomorrow, we’re accelerating the development of Queensland-made hydrogen, creating more jobs in more industries for Queenslanders,” he says.

“Securing Australia’s sovereign energy independence involves reducing our reliance on imported fuel to power our transport sector.

“It’s critical we work with industry players like BOC, BP and the fuels sector to reduce our reliance on imports.”

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BP vice president Tanya Ghosn says BP is pleased to bring its global experience and capability to the task of helping its customers decarbonise as it advances its strategy to achieve net zero by 2050.

“But we also know that we can’t do it alone and are proud to partner with the Queensland government and BOC on this nation-leading initiative,” she says.

Member for Redlands Kim Richards says Queensland’s government fleet manager QFleet is currently trialling five hydrogen-powered Hyundai NEXOs and these vehicles will be the first to use the new refuelling station when it opens in the next few months.

“The state government is committed to cementing Queensland’s status as a global hydrogen superpower,” Richards says.

“The Queensland government’s commitment is to capture every opportunity to secure our domestic fuel supplies by putting hydrogen fuelled heavy vehicles into our transport ecosystem. 

“Establishing a hydrogen supply chain creates opportunities right through from research and development, production, storage and distribution as well as hydrogen vehicle manufacturing, meaning skilled jobs for the future for Queenslanders.

“Development of our hydrogen industry will capitalise on our significant renewable resources, global gas production and export expertise, world-class port infrastructure, and long-standing relationships with international partners.”

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