BOC has inked a $32 million agreement with Fortescue Metals Group to establish a renewable hydrogen supply at the Christmas Creek iron ore mine in Western Australia.
BOC will provide hydrogen production and refuelling infrastructure for the first fleet of hydrogen coaches at the mine.
Ten coaches will transport workers from their base camp to the mine site, making the Christmas Creek operation the first mine in Australia to deploy hydrogen for transport.
BOC South Pacific managing director John Evans said the project would demonstrate BOC’s expertise in customised hydrogen solutions to suit the most challenging environments.
“Mining is a 24/7 operation which, together with the remoteness of the site means that reliability is essential,” he said.
“BOC provided a solution that recognised the criticality of the application and we collaborated with Fortescue to design an application to protect the electrolyser and refueller from the environment in the Pilbara region.”
BOC will provide ITM electrolyers with the capacity to produce up to 180 kilograms of renewable hydrogen per day, sufficient to powering 10 hydrogen fuel cell coaches that carry 3000 workers every day.
The project is expected to complete by early 2022.