Queensland has signed an agreement with the Port of Rotterdam, Europe’s largest port, to collaborate on the development of a hydrogen export supply chain.

Federal Minister for Energy, Renewables and Hydrogen, Mick de Brenni, said a Memorandum of Understanding has been signed with the Port of Rotterdam in The Netherlands to collaborate on opportunities to develop the supply chain.

“This landmark agreement is another ringing endorsement of Queensland’s quest to be a green hydrogen superpower,” Mr de Brenni said.

“The Port of Rotterdam has a target to import up to 20 million tonnes of hydrogen by 2050, starting with imports of ammonia in 2025.

“Given the recent impacts of world events on energy security and their sky-rocketing effect on power prices, this has perhaps never been more important.”

Addressing the World Hydrogen Summit by video, Mr de Brenni said Queensland is not just a sound investment destination but also a very well-credentialed investment partner for hydrogen and renewable energy.

“Queensland has the clean, green, reliable, affordable and sensible energy solutions you seek,” Mr de Brenni said.

“We are tapping our abundance of sunshine, wind and water, our new economy minerals and our skilled workforce to power our energy evolution.”

Mr de Brenni outlined the steps Queensland has taken to develop large-scale manufacturing that supports a resilient and sustainable renewable energy supply chain.

“For example, our $2 billion Renewable Energy and Hydrogen Jobs Fund empowers Queensland’s interconnected and publicly owned energy corporations to partner with private sector projects and help satiate an increasingly hungry world hydrogen market,” Mr de Brenni said.

“We also have three Queensland Renewable Energy Zones that allow us to coordinate our vast supply of renewable energy and open doors to rapidly develop our green hydrogen hubs.

“Importantly, we are also skilling Queenslanders to ensure we maximise the opportunity to become a world leader in hydrogen.

“We realise the importance of assuring our investment partners that our hydrogen will only be made from renewable energy.

“Because the only truly clean hydrogen is green hydrogen.”

Mr de Brenni said Queensland will continue setting global benchmarks for hydrogen as a new clean fuel that will power more jobs in more industries.

“In the coming months, Queensland will further demonstrate global energy leadership when our ten-year Energy Plan is released,” Mr de Brenni said.

“This Energy Plan will reinforce the fact that Queensland offers the certainty to make long-term investment decisions, and that we are ‘fair dinkum’ about delivering regulatory certainty, infrastructure certainty and political certainty.

“We have well developed ports, an established industrial seaboard infrastructure, mature scientific research and manufacturing capabilities.

“But what is most abundant in Queensland is our determination.

“We call it the Queensland Spirit and it’s the same drive that won the hosting rights for the Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games, which we are determined to make the greenest ever.”

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