The project aims to generate at least 200 direct job opportunities for local electricians, plumbers, fitters, and concreters during construction, along with ongoing technical and engineering positions.
The initial stage of the hydrogen hub will enable the production of 800 tonnes of green hydrogen annually, enough to fuel 40 heavy vehicles, with a potential increase to 3,000 tonnes for domestic supply and over 150,000 tonnes for export.
“Investing in Townsville’s hydrogen industry is investing in Australia’s future,” Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said.
Prime Minister Albanese stated that the global transition to clean energy and decarbonised economies represents a significant economic potential for North Queensland.
“We are determined to grasp this opportunity and are investing half a billion dollars into regional hydrogen hubs all around Australia.”
The hub, led by Edify Energy, will produce green hydrogen for local industry and zero-emissions transport, delivering a 17.6 MW domestic production facility with integrated renewable energy generation and battery storage.
Edify and its partners, including Siemens Energy, Queensland TAFE, James Cook University, and Townsville Enterprise Limited, will collaborate with industry bodies to offer education and training to Townsville’s workforce for hydrogen industry development.
Construction is set to commence next year and be completed by 2026, with commercial operations expected to commence in 2027.
The project, totalling over $137 million, is supported by the Commonwealth, the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), industry, and the German Government, with a combined contribution of up to $70 million.
The Australian-German collaboration combines Germany’s hydrogen technology expertise with Australia’s potential to become a global leader in renewable hydrogen production and export.
Townsville is among the $500 million Commonwealth funding for hydrogen hubs in regional centres like Gladstone, Bell Bay, Kwinana, Pilbara, Port Bonython, and Hunter.
“Renewable hydrogen is a game changer, opening the door to green metals, green fertiliser, green power and supporting industrial decarbonisation,” Minister for Climate Change and Energy Chris Bowen said.
“With its port, expertise in exports and access to Queensland’s abundant solar resources, Townsville is ideally placed to help power the world with Australian renewable energy and create jobs in regional Australia,” Minister Bowen added.