The state government has given the green light to a major commercial hydrogen hub at Kooragang.

Origin Future Fuels will head up the $207 million green hydrogen manufacturing plant, with construction due to start mid next year.

It’s expected the hub will deliver around 55 megawatts of electrolyser capacity by 2026, with the aim of scaling up to more than a gigawatt of capacity over the next decade.

Green hydrogen can be used as a feedstock in industrial processes and as a fuel source in the transport sector. 

Green hydrogen from the facility will be used at Orica’s nearby ammonium nitrate manufacturing facilitity to help decarbonise its operations. Green hydrogen from the new plant will also be made available to transport customers through onsite and satellite refuelling stations.

The government says the development will support the hydrogen industry in NSW by establishing a commercial-scale green hydrogen supply chain and a hydrogen refueling network for the Hunter Region and NSW.

A artist’s impression of the hydrogen refuelling station at the Kooragang Hydrogen Hub