Western Australia recommended for the world’s largest green energy centre


Western Australia has proposed the world’s biggest renewable energy project, which would span an area half the size of Belgium.
According to the multinational organisation developing the project, the Western Green Energy Hub may comprise up to 50 gigawatts of wind and solar power across more than 15,000 square kilometres.
InterContinental Energy and CWP Global, two consortium members driving the proposal, are also engaged in the Asian Renewable Energy Hub, another contender for the world’s largest green power plant that was rejected by Australia’s environment minister last month.
InterContinental Hotels Group, located in Hong Kong, is looking to construct a green hydrogen project in Oman.
The new Australian plant may produce up to 3.5 million tonnes of green hydrogen or 20 million tonnes of green ammonia for export and local usage each year. The third member of the company proposing the development is a subsidiary of Mirning Traditional Lands Aboriginal Corp, representing the area’s indigenous landowners.
According to Mr Martin Tengler, BloombergNEF’s senior hydrogen analyst, the primary issue for a large project like the Western Green Energy Hub, aside from environmental permits, is finding buyers. While it’s too early to say, most of the hydrogen from the centre would most likely be transported by ship, which will become prohibitively expensive compared to the local output in even the most costly hydrogen producers, such as Japan and South Korea, he added.
Mr Tengler explained, “The question will be how much demand Japan and Korea will have by then and how much they can supply locally.”
According to the organisation proposing the project, the centre would be developed in stages and would make use of Western Australia’s abundant wind and solar energy.


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