City of Newcastle Briefing Committee to hear about hydrogen hub project tonight

Origin Energy will make a public presentation to City of Newcastle Council's Briefing Committee tonight regarding its proposed hydrogen facility at Kooragang Island.

Kooragang island
Kooragang Island, the proposed site of the hydrogen hub

The Hunter Valley Hydrogen Hub would produce green hydrogen from sustainably sourced water and renewable electricity from Origin’s portfolio, using a grid connected 55MW electrolyser.

Project design will allow the hydrogen production facility to be scaled up through subsequent phases offering future expansion, including potential hydrogen export capability.

Future stages will also include investigating the feasibility of converting the local gas distribution network to 100% hydrogen to further support a hydrogen supply chain in the area.

Underpinning the plan is an agreement between Origin and Orica, which will see the companies collaborate on the proposed hub.

Orica will also present at the briefing, following a notice of motion to request a briefing from Orica and the regulatory authorities (the NSW EPA and Safe Work NSW) on current and proposed safety and risk management measures associated with the production, storage and transport of ammonium nitrate was supported by Council.

The City of Newcastle Briefing Committee meet to receive briefings relating to significant issues of a general, strategic or policy nature, including in relation to planning proposals relevant to CN's functions, facilities or services.

The meeting begins at 6pm AEST on Tuesday October 18, with the Kooragang briefing scheduled to occur following a briefing from the Public Voice Committee.

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