ABB scoops Victorian coal-to-hydrogen plant contract

The liquid hydrogen receiving terminal at Kobe ABB Bailey Japan. Image: HySTRA

Technology giant ABB will deliver automation, electrification and instrumentation solutions for the Hydrogen Energy Supply Chain (HESC) pilot project at Port of Hastings, Victoria.

The project aims to produce clean hydrogen in Australian and transport it to Japan, in one of the first attempts in the world to use technology to liquefy and transport hydrogen.

ABB has been awarded contracts in both Australia and Japan, including electrification and instrumentation in Australia and an automation contract from Kawasaki Heavy Industries in Japan .

In Australia, ABB will supply electrical equipment for the new hydrogen liquefaction and loading terminal at Port of Hastings, where hydrogen gas produced by brown coal gasification at Latrobe Valley will be liquefied and stored.

At the Japanese end, ABB will provide an automation and safety system so support operations at the liquid hydrogen receiving terminal at Kobe ABB Bailey Japan.

ABB president of industrial automation business Peter Terwiesch said the company was excited to add this Asia-Pacific project to its wealth of global experience.

“ABB is excited to collaborate on this world-first pilot to commercialise technology for liquefying and transporting hydrogen from Australia and deliver clean energy to Japan, while also reducing emissions,” Terwiesch said.

“As a technology leader, our high-quality products and solutions are matched by our global experience and innovative spirit.”

The HESC project pilot phase will operate for approximately one year from 2020 and has the potential to create $2 billion in exports, positioning Australia as a global leader in hydrogen production.

Hydrogen is anticipated to supply a fifth of the world’s energy needs, generating a market of US$2.5 trillion ($3.65 trillion) by 2050.

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