The world’s first carrier of liquefied hydrogen has arrived at Victoria’s Port of Hastings to pick up its inaugural cargo and transport it to Japan, marking a major milestone for the emerging industry.
The Suiso Frontier’s upcoming voyage carrying super-cooled liquid hydrogen from a Japanese-Australian consortium’s $500 million pilot project in the Latrobe Valley to Kobe in Japan will be the first worldwide to transport liquid hydrogen by sea to an international market.
The Hydrogen Energy Supply Chain (HESC) pilot project, led by a consortium including Japan’s J-Power, Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Shell and AGL, is demonstrating the conversion of Latrobe Valley brown coal into hydrogen gas.
If it becomes commercial, the project would be paired with carbon capture and storage (CCS) to trap emissions before they enter the atmosphere and bury them in depleted gas reservoirs in Bass Strait.
“The 225,000 tonnes of carbon-neutral liquefied hydrogen produced by HESC in a commercial phase will contribute to reducing global carbon-dioxide emissions by some 1.8 million tonnes per year – equivalent to the emissions of about 350,000 petrol-driven cars,” the consortium said.
The project is supported by the Japanese, Australian and Victorian governments. The Morrison government on Friday will announce a further $7.5 million to support its pre-commercialisation phase and $20 million for the CCS project.
Backers of the Latrobe Valley hydrogen project, including the Morrison government, say it could eventually generate up to 30,000 jobs in Victoria.
Extracted in full from: