Kawasaki Heavy Industries and its subsidiary company, Hydrogen Engineering Australia (HEA), have commenced construction work to build the Hydrogen Liquefaction and Loading Terminal for the Hydrogen Energy Supply Chain (HESC) pilot project in Australia.

HESC is a world-first pilot project to safely and efficiently produce and transport clean hydrogen from Victoria’s Latrobe Valley to Japan.

The Project will involve the production of hydrogen from Latrobe Valley brown coal, with the facility converting hydrogen gas into liquefied hydrogen, which will be stored and then loaded onto the world’s first specialised marine carrier for transport to Japan.

The Project will create a new innovative technical foundation for the development of an exciting hydrogen export industry for Australia.

“Delivering clean hydrogen to the world for the benefit of our environment is a goal we share deeply and we look forward to achieving”, said Chairman of the Board of Kawasaki, Mr Shigeru Murayama.

“The hydrogen economy is already materialising in Japan, and it is wonderful to now be breaking ground here in Australia. We are excited to be translating our joint hydrogen vision into reality”, he said.

The construction work includes building and mechanical installation including a liquefaction facility and a storage container to be completed by June 2020, to be followed by commissioning, with the target operating period from 2020 to 2021.

“Kawasaki will use its know-how and experiences gained in past liquefied hydrogen and industrial plants to deliver the Project safely and on time,” commented Mr Myrayama.

“Kawasaki and HEA will continue to work with the local community to share information about the project and respond to community feedback.”

The Project is being delivered by a consortium of Japan and Australia’s top energy and infrastructure related companies, with the full support of the Victorian, Australian and Japanese Governments.

*Article published in the October-December 2019 issue of The Asia Miner