Progress on Northam hydrogen plant

Renewable energy hopeful Infinite Green Energy and Samsung C&T have recruited a third partner to develop a proposed hydrogen project in Northam.

Perth-based Infinite Green Energy, chaired by Peter Coleman, and South Korean industrial giant Samsung C&T are hoping to develop a green hydrogen project in Northam, alongside their Arrowsmith hydrogen project proposal.

The partners today announced the signing of Israeli renewable and environmental infrastructure company Doral Hydrogen as the final partner to potentially construct and develop the proposed hydrogen project.

Dubbed MEG HP1, the project would incorporate a recently acquired 12-megawatt solar farm and 4MW hydrogen electrocyte and battery storage to produce 4 tonnes per day of green hydrogen.

Phase one of the project is tipped to cost $110 million, with a final investment decision expected by the end of 2023 ahead of first production predictions by the end of the first quarter of 2025.

To be focused on the domestic medium and heavy transport market, the plant is expected to service local waste management companies and their garbage trucks.

Infinite Green Energy acquired the Northam Solar Farm for the project through an $8 million acquisition deal from Indigenous Business Australia and Bookitja Pty Ltd as trustee of the Ngangk Trust, who are part of The Whadjuk Foundation Inc (Bookitja).

Infinite Green Energy chief executive Stephen Gauld said the partnership with Doral would continue to build shareholder, strategic partners, and buyers’ confidence in green hydrogen.

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