The Western Australian Government is actively exploring the potential for a renewable hydrogen industry in WA, and considering what needs to be done to position the State to respond to and meet growing global demand.
In September 2018, the Premier established the WA Renewable Hydrogen Council which has since identified four strategic focus areas to achieve a long-term vision of a renewable hydrogen market in WA for export and domestic purposes.
The Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development, Jobs and Trade, Alannah MacTiernan, said that a renewable hydrogen industry could create significant global investment and thousands of WA jobs, mostly in regional areas.
“Western Australia has an opportunity to lead the hydrogen transformation race,” Minister MacTiernan said.
“Renewable hydrogen can cut mining’s reliance on costly diesel imports, whilst developing a new, sustainable industry.
“The generation of power through locally produced hydrogen will open up great opportunities in regional Western Australia.
“Some of our key trading partners, including Japan, Singapore and South Korea, are signalling their intentions to import low emission hydrogen to help transition away from fossil fuels and increase energy security.
“Western Australia is well positioned to take advantage of this potential multibillion dollar industry, and the race is on with other countries positioning themselves to become major exporters of renewable hydrogen.”