Port of Newcastle hydrogen readiness projects commence
The Federal Government is delivering on its commitment to position Newcastle and the Hunter as a green hydrogen hub by investing $100 million to ensure hydrogen readiness at the Port of Newcastle.
This funding, first announced by the former Government and confirmed by Labor in its October budget, will deliver a feasibility study, detailed designs and vital early works to get the Port and Hunter region ready for the production and distribution of green hydrogen.
With a skilled workforce, abundant resources, industrial expertise, rail and port infrastructure, the Hunter is perfectly placed to take full advantage of new energy industries.
This investment is in addition to commitments the Labor Government is already delivering on to support renewable jobs, including:
- $16 million allocated to establish a New Energy Skills Hub at the University of Newcastle;
- $100 million to support 10,000 New Energy Apprenticeships;
- $10 million in a New Energy Skills Program for Australia to be able to seize the jobs opportunity to boost local skills and training in new industries; and
- Labor's Powering Australia plan which promises 5 out of 6 new energy jobs in regions such as the Hunter
“Newcastle has powered Australia for generations and the Albanese Labor Government is ensuring it will continue to do so for generations to come,” said Sharon Claydon MP.
“Green Hydrogen is an important part of the diversification of the Port of Newcastle, and integral to the shaping of our region’s future.”
“This project and the development of a clean energy industry at the Port will create thousands of new jobs, while crucially diversifying our local economy.”