Coregas Will Build Australia’s First Hydrogen Refueller for Heavy Transport

By March 19, 2021 3   min read  (590 words)

March 19, 2021 |

Fuel cells works, Coregas Will Build Australia’s First Hydrogen Refueller for Heavy Transport

Coregas Gamechanger given Investment Support by NSW Government- Australia’s First Hydrogen Refueller for Heavy Transport.

Coregas, the largest Australian-owned gases company, is advancing its commitment to develop Australia’s hydrogen mobility sector by extending its hydrogen footprint at Port Kembla. We are pleased to receive funding in round four of the Port Kembla Investment Fund.

With the support of the NSW Government, Coregas will develop a hydrogen refuelling station at its existing Port Kembla hydrogen production facility supporting the introduction of zero emission hydrogen fuel cell trucks to the Illawarra-Shoalhaven region for the first time. The facility will enable the deployment of Australia’s first prime mover fleet of hydrogen powered vehicles to initiate a transformation of the region’s transport environmental footprint.

Coregas also acknowledges the support of BlueScope, with the refuelling facility to be located on the site of their Port Kembla Steelworks. This project is also a demonstration of the commitment of all levels of Government in support of developing Port Kembla as a Hydrogen Hub in pursuit of a clean energy future. Minister Matt Kean has also identified Port Kembla as a critical site for a Hydrogen Hub.

The Port Kembla hydrogen mobility facility will demonstrate the suitability of fuel cell vehicles to Australian fleets as a commercially ready solution and showcase the technology’s potential to improve energy security, create jobs and investment, and decarbonise the transport sector.

Decarbonisation opportunities will be immediate with the project to deliver 50% emissions reductions from the vehicles that utilise the station. Coregas is also exploring opportunities for renewable hydrogen sources for future use to further reduce its environmental footprint.

The project also represents a strategic first step in developing a broader hydrogen ecosystem for Port Kembla and Illawarra-Shoalhaven. The region is primed to be an epicentre of the emerging hydrogen sector possessing several advantages to foster the development of thriving domestic and export hydrogen sector.

As the NSW Government looks to capitalise upon the emerging global marketplace for hydrogen, the project will provide an opportunity to scale hydrogen applications and build specialised skills and capability in readiness for what is expected to be an economically significant opportunity.

Coregas is delighted to be a successful recipient of the NSW Government’s Port Kembla Community Investment Fund which aims to revitalise Port Kembla through enhanced activation and connectivity, improved environmental outcomes and increased economic activity. Coregas Executive General Manager, Alan Watkins, said: “Coregas is committed to initiatives that drive innovation for cleaner energy with hydrogen a priority. This project marks an important step in our hydrogen strategy, and we appreciate the assistance of the NSW Government in supporting our vision for a hydrogen ecosystem at Port Kembla.”

“We look forward to leveraging Coregas’ deep expertise in the production and distribution of hydrogen to bring hydrogen refuelling capability to Port Kembla for the first time and enabling the development of a new zero emission transport solution for the region and greater NSW,” he said.

“We believe this project is a game changer for Australia and forms part of Coregas’ commitment to develop the Australian hydrogen sector complementing our work on the Hydrogen Energy Supply Chain project creating a liquid hydrogen supply chain between Australia and Japan and our many years of supporting the hydrogen fuel needs of automotive companies, including Hyundai Australia.”

The Coregas hydrogen refuelling facility is expected to be operational by late 2021 and will support the fuel needs of locally operated hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.

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