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A newly-formed consortium of South Korean companies will aim to unlock Queensland’s hydrogen industry potential, promising a green energy corridor connecting Queensland resources with North-East Asian consumers.

The Han-Ho Hydrogen Consortium signed a recent Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Queensland Government, in support of developing a new supply chain for the export of over a million tonnes of green ammonia per annum.

The Han-Ho Hydrogen Consortium consists of Australian-based Ark Energy and its parent company Korea Zinc, as well as Korean conglomerates Hanwha Impact and SK Gas.

The consortium’s first priority will be the development of Ark Energy’s Collinsville Green Energy Hub south-west of Bowen, Queensland, which could generate up to 3,000MW of renewable energy once completed.

Queensland Premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, was in attendance at the signing of the MoU between the State Government and the Han-Ho Hydrogen Consortium on Wednesday, 21 September.

“Today is another step forward in Queensland’s quest to be a hydrogen powerhouse,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

“We welcome this major new Consortium to Queensland – to accelerate progress in our green hydrogen industry and advance green energy exports to Korea.

“Korea is Queensland’s third-largest two-way trading partner and one our largest sources for foreign investment.

“The world’s largest zinc producer Korea Zinc is a longstanding important contributor to our regional economy, and through the Sun Metals Corporation, is the largest private sector employer and the largest private sector employer in North Queensland.

“Now, its subsidiary Ark Energy is not only helping Korea Zinc to decarbonise and produce green zinc – it’s transforming North Queensland into a hydrogen powerhouse.

“Through this new Consortium, Ark Energy brings Korea Zinc together with Hanwha Impact, a major petrochemicals company in Korea and SK Gas, which holds the largest market share of the Korean domestic LPG market.

“This MOU signals their intention to develop future green hydrogen and ammonia opportunities in North Queensland which means more local jobs and more investment.”

Minister for Energy, Renewable and Hydrogen, Mick de Brenni, said since the launch of the Queensland Hydrogen Industry Strategy in 2019, the Palaszczuk Government had been working to further develop Queensland’s clean hydrogen export industry.

“Queensland is a proud resource State, powered by tens of thousands of highly skilled technicians, tradespeople, and project specialists,” Mr de Brenni said.

“The strength of Queensland’s existing infrastructure, combined with our future investment pipeline, is setting up towns like Townsville and regions like North Queensland to cement Queensland’s position as a global green hydrogen leader.”

Korea Zinc Vice Chairman, Yun B. Choi, said the Consortium brings together three of the major players in Korea’s hydrogen economy which have a forecast demand for more than 2 million tonnes of green ammonia per annum from 2030.

“We look forward to working with our partners to unlock Australia’s potential to become a large-scale producer and exporter of green hydrogen and its derivatives including green ammonia,” said Mr Choi.

Hanwha Impact CEO, Hee-Cheul Kim, said the company is operating under a mandate to drive change to a sustainable future and transition to an eco-friendly energy and carbon-neutral business.

“We are excited to be part of this Consortium and look forward to collaborating with our partners to build new green growth engines for both the Australian and Korean economies,” said Mr Kim.

SK Gas CEO, Brian (Byung Suk) Yoon, said the strategic importance of the MoU and the infinite potential of the Consortium can’t be overstated.

“This MoU aligns with our ambition to become a global top tier Net Zero Solution Provider and we’re excited to be collaborating with our partners to play a tangible role in helping countries like Korea in its energy transition by providing clean hydrogen,” said Mr Yoon.

In January 2021, Korea Zinc launched its subsidiary Ark Energy in Queensland, to accelerate its energy transition, beginning with Sun Metals zinc refinery in Townsville.

Based at the refinery, Ark Energy’s SunHQ Hydrogen Hub (SunHQ) will produce green hydrogen from a behind-the-metre connection to the co-located 124MWac Sun Metals solar farm.

Phase one of SunHQ is supported by a $5 million Queensland Government funding commitment, through Round 1 of the Hydrogen Industry Development Fund (HDIF).

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    Regional Director
    Naba Energy Pty Ltd
    Botswana

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