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Tasmania locks in Countrywide Hydrogen as first green hydrogen producer

Tasmania’s growing green hydrogen focus has received a massive boost through its latest $8 million deal with Countrywide Hydrogen

Countrywide Hydrogen is set to become Tasmania’s first major green hydrogen producer following an $8 million funding deal with the Tasmanian government to establish itself in the state.

Countrywide Hydrogen, part of ReNu energy, will help Tasmania realise its vision of becoming a leader in green hydrogen production.

Tasmanian premier Jeremy Rockliff says the state government’s Green Hydrogen Price Reduction Scheme announcement is the latest step in making its hydrogen sector dreams a reality.

“Under this agreement, Countrywide will produce hydrogen at multiple locations around the state, and supply hydrogen for a diverse group of users,” Rockliff says.

“Initially the project will target the heavy transport sector as well as potential industrial applications, with all hydrogen to be sold within the local Tasmanian market.

“It will be part of the next great evolution of our economy, capitalising on our great tradition of zero-emissions energy production to create the renewables jobs of the future.”

Tasmanian energy and renewables minister Nick Duigan says the agreement is the latest win coming from the plan, which has been paving the way for the establishment of the industry in Tasmania.

“This agreement will initially see more than $60 million invested in our state over the next three years as part of the Countrywide Project, providing money that will flow into regional and local economies and communities,” Duigan says.

“The first phase of Countrywide’s plan is to construct a hydrogen production and heavy vehicle refuelling facility at the industrial hub in Brighton, which will produce up to 800 tonnes per annum of green hydrogen.

“Once the Brighton facility is established, Countrywide wants to expand production and refuelling facilities into the north and north-west of the state. This will see the major road freight routes in Tasmania being serviced by a reliable hydrogen supply.”

Duigan says the scheme will stimulate both the supply and demand for renewable hydrogen, with Countrywide to receive funding on a per kilogram basis of green hydrogen sold to end-users to cover the gap between the cost to produce the green hydrogen and what users can pay for it.

“By supporting initiatives like this, we ensure a stable sale price for green hydrogen, bringing more stability for end-users and advancing our renewable energy objectives,” Duigan says.

“With plans for the new Tasmanian Green Hydrogen Hub in Bell Bay progressing well through our $300 million commitment to shared infrastructure, this agreement marks a significant milestone in our green hydrogen journey.

“As the world looks to alternative fuels to power the future, we’re positioning Tasmania to be a key player in this expanding market.”

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