The project initially plans to install up to 640 MW of electrolyzers and produce up to 200 tonnes of gaseous renewable hydrogen per day with offtakers purchasing the gas to convert to renewable ammonia or liquified hydrogen. The project also aims to deliver renewable hydrogen via its different carriers, to Japan and Singapore, as well as supplying large domestic customers in Central Queensland.
Commercial operations are expected to start in 2028. If successful, the project will ramp up in future phases to full-scale operations of approximately 2,240 MW of electrolyzer capacity, capable of producing 800 tonnes per day of gaseous renewable hydrogen by 2031.
Worley previously worked on the project as a technical advisor during the initial feasibility study phase. Now, the scope is to supply the FEED study for the hydrogen production facility and hydrogen transfer facility, along with the pre-FEED study for the hydrogen liquefaction facility.
The project is backed by funding from all consortium members (Iwatani Corporation, Kansai Electric Power Company, Marubeni and Keppel Infrastructure), the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), and the Queensland Government’s Queensland Renewable Energy and Hydrogen Jobs Fund. At its peak, the project is expected to support more than 8,900 new jobs, deliver $17.2 billion in hydrogen exports, and add $12.4 billion to Queensland’s Gross State Product over its 30-year life.
“The Central Queensland Hydrogen Project is a landmark project, set to propel Stanwell’s operations, the Gladstone region, and Queensland as a whole into a leading exporter of green energy,” said Gillian Cagney, President – Australia & New Zealand for Worley. “Our work with Stanwell to date demonstrates our unique ability to support projects right from early concept studies into front-end design, and we are looking to continue that support post-FID into the execution stage. The project is aligned with our purpose of delivering a more sustainable world and is set to play a pivotal role in Australia’s decarbonization journey.”