- Kallis Energy Investments plans to deploy 3 GW of solar and wind energy each to produce low-cost green hydrogen
- The project will be located in South Australia and is currently at the pre-feasibility stage
- Green hydrogen produced will be used to make green ammonia and exported to overseas markets as Japan and Korea
Australia’s Kallis Family Trust owned special purpose vehicle Kallis Energy Investments has announced a large-scale green hydrogen production facility in South Australia with 3 GW of solar and 3 GW of wind energy capacity.
The Moolawatana Renewable Hydrogen Project is planned to produce low-cost renewable hydrogen on Moolawatana Station through electrolyzers and desalianation plant. The idea is to then transport the green hydrogen thus produced through a dedicated hydrogen pipeline to or near Port Bonython, and transformed into green ammonia to be shipped to overseas markets, notably Japan and Korea.
With a full 6 GW capacity, the project will be able to contribute to about 40% of South Australia’s goal to achieve 500% renewables by 2050, said Kallis Energy’s Chairman, Terry Kallis. “The project has the potential to contribute significantly to national, state and local objectives for new investment, new jobs, renewable energy sources and new export markets,” he added.
Kallis Energy says it has completed a preliminary environmental and planning fatal flaw assessment through environmental consultant WSP, and the project is currently at the pre-feasibility stage. It aims to conduct further studies into the availability of water, and has commenced preliminary consultation with private and public sector stakeholders.
Separately, Japan’s Marubeni Corporation has plans to export green hydrogen produced in South Australia to be exported to the Indo-Pacific region, for which the company has secured funding from the Japanese government.
Going by the number of green hydrogen project announcements over the past few months, Australia is fast emerging as a suitable market for the technology which should work for its net zero ambitions even if the federal government announced the ambition without any specific roadmap to show (see Australia Aims For Net Zero Emissions By 2050).