Petrofac has been awarded its first ever green hydrogen Front End Engineering Design project contract by IBE (Infinite Blue Energy Pty) on the Arrowsmith Hydrogen Project.
Located in Western Australia, the project will be produced by using renewable energy from solar and wind, with zero carbon debt. Once complete, the Arrowsmith Plant will first produce around 25 tonnes per day of green hydrogen, hopefully with the ability to be expanded to a global scale plant supporting the export of liquid hydrogen to Asia Pacific.
The contractor has confirmed in a separate realise its scope of work which would include to build a robust Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) design, cost and schedule estimation to support final investment decision in early 2021.
The UK company will carry out the work via its teams in Perth, Western Australia and Woking, England.
This agreement with Petrofac came around after IBE awarded a contract last month to another UK contractor, Xodus Group to carry out phase one work on the project.
“This is breaking new ground in terms of green hydrogen production, but the various elements of the design are all well-established and are proven technologies,” said Petrofac operations director Adam Cheesman.
IBE hope to have Arrowsmith Plant operating by late 2022 with expectations to push growth in regional jobs, energy security and reduction in WA’s carbon emissions.
“Interest in renewable hydrogen is rapidly accelerating and our Government is moving to position WA as a world leader in hydrogen production,” Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan said.
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by Kaiya Puddephat