- WGEH has been proposed as a green fuels project to come up in Western Australia with 50 GW hybrid wind and solar power capacity
- It will be used to generate either 3.5 million tons of green hydrogen or 20 million tons of green ammonia annually once it is completely operational
- Project consortium of InterContinental Energy, CWP Global and Mirning Green Energy Limited plan to sell green fuels generated for domestic as well as international markets
An integrated green fuels mega project called Western Green Energy Hub (WGEH) has been proposed for Western Australia where the project promoters aim to install up to 50 GW solar and wind power capacity to produce green hydrogen and green ammonia.
To be located in South-East Western Australia covering 15,000 sq. km. space across the shires of Dundas and the City of Kalgoorlie-Bolder, WGEH aims to produce up to 3.5 million tons of green hydrogen or 20 million tons of green ammonia, annually, when it is completely operational. All of this green fuel will be sold domestically as well as exported internationally to meet ‘massive future demand’ from various industries as shipping, co-firing in power generation, heavy industries as steel, chemicals and mining, along with aviation sector.
Project consortium InterContinental Energy, CWP Global and Mirning Green Energy Limited plan to bring the facility online in phases, and have chosen the location basis the diurnal profile for renewable energy with consistently high levels of wind and solar energy over a 24-hour period.
This project announcement comes soon after Australian Government’s Environment Ministry found InterContinental Energy and CWP Global’s 26 GW Asian Renewable Energy Hub (AREH) ‘clearly unacceptable’ (see 26 GW Wind-Solar Complex in Australia In Trouble).
For the WGEH project, the partners have included Mirning Green Energy Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Mirning Traditional Lands Aboriginal Corporation, which they stress will ensure ‘enormous socio-economic benefits for the community’. The subsidiary will have a ‘meaningful carried equity stake’ in the project and a ‘permanent seat’ on the WGEH Consortium Board.
In May 2021, CWP signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Government of Mauritiana to develop a Power-to-X project called AMAN, comprising 30 GW of hybrid wind and solar generation to produce green hydrogen.