Woodside, ATCO head up talks on prospects for Mid West hydrogen industry

Geraldton Guardian
WA Regional Development minister Alannah MacTiernan meets industry representatives at the hydrogen forum in Geraldton this morning.
Camera IconWA Regional Development minister Alannah MacTiernan meets industry representatives at the hydrogen forum in Geraldton this morning. Credit: Geoff Vivian

Energy giants Woodside and ATCO are heading up talks in Geraldton today on the prospects of developing a hydrogen industry in the Mid West.

Representatives from the two companies, along with Australian Gas Infrastructure Group, Mid West Ports and Central Earthmoving, are speaking at a State Government-hosted forum which has drawn together gas, mining, transport, electricity, infrastructure and government sectors.

The forum will look at developments in renewable hydrogen and how to encourage hydrogen pilot projects in the Mid West.

Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan said regional WA had incredible potential for renewable energy industries, with its large-scale solar and wind resources and strong export capability.

“The Mid West in particular delivers on these competitive advantages,” she said.

“This forum aims to bring together key parties to narrow in on initial renewable hydrogen projects for which the region would be well suited.

“Hydrogen can be used to firm renewables for electricity generation or be used directly as a gas in homes and industry.”

Ms MacTiernan said the forum complemented work being done by the WA Renewable Hydrogen Council, which was expected to deliver its recommendations on the strategic direction of the renewable hydrogen industry in WA early next year.

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