Local MP Eddie Hughes and union members celebrate the announcement of a half billion dollar hydrogen plant investment project in Whyalla.
Mr Hughes, who holds the Whyalla-based Giles seat, met with members of the Australian Workers Union and the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union to flag the potential venture.
The $593 million proposal is expected to go ahead if Labor wins government in the March 19 state election.
“It’s great for jobs and entrepreneurs in our area,” said Hughes.
“A green hydrogen power plant will support our renewable energy generators and help drive down wholesale electricity prices.
“This will be the state’s biggest investment in Whyalla for many decades and will be an important part of creating a major hydrogen hub here.”
The project would consist of a hydrogen power plant, electrolyser and storage facility, fueling new jobs and industry in South Australia.
The work opened up to representations from communities around SA and the town of Whyalla presented a submission.
If elected, the party will set up a panel of experts to report back in 90 days to identify the most suitable Crown or City plot of land in the Whyalla and Port Bonython area.
The panel will be made up of representatives from:
- The Barngarla people
- Council of Whyalla
- SA Infrastructure
- Department of Energy and Mines
- Department of Infrastructure and Transport
- SA Water
- Environmental Protection Authority
- SA power grids
The project will include:
- 200 MW hydrogen power plantharnessing South Australia’s renewable energy to provide cleaner, cheaper energy to South Australian businesses, factories, manufacturers and miners, creating new jobs and helping to attract new industries to South Australia.
- 250MWe capacity of hydrogen electrolyzersusing excess renewable energy to produce hydrogen, reducing the need to remotely turn off rooftop solar for homes and businesses, and unlocking the $20 billion pipeline of energy projects. renewable energy in South Australia.
- Hydrogen storage facilityholding the equivalent of two months of operation or 3600 tonnes of hydrogen, providing additional capacity when needed.
New positions that could be created include:
- Up to 300 jobs during the construction of the power plant
- At least 10,000 jobs released from the $20 billion pipeline of renewable energy projects in South Australia.
- More … than 900 jobs created by the development of a hydrogen export sector.
Mr Hughes said his city was “perfect” to host the world’s leading hydrogen power station.
“Once built, this plant will help provide the people of Whyalla with the certainty of jobs for decades to come,” he said.
Whyalla Town Mayor Clare McLaughlin said the announcement would be a game-changer for the future of the area.
“This level of commitment from Labor would create the long-awaited diversification of our economy and give us a much more stable and secure future,” Mayor McLaughlin said.
“These large-scale projects would also lead to a growing Whyalla population, more jobs and increased education pathways.
“Over the next decade, we believe Whyalla can be at the epicenter of global green hydrogen development, helping Australia achieve net zero emissions by 2050.”
Mayor McLaughlin said she was heartened to hear that South Australia’s two main political parties recognize the importance of green hydrogen to the future of the region, state and country.
“With bipartisan support at the federal and state levels to make Whyalla a green hydrogen hub, the council looks forward to working with the parties that form government to make this vision a reality,” she said. declared.
SA-BEST candidate for Giles, Tom Antonio, greeted the proposal “with caution”.
He said the plant would provide much-needed jobs as well as a significant economic boost – during construction and when fully operational – if it goes ahead.
“Labour must make a firm commitment to keep their word,” he said.
“Unfortunately, we have heard it all before, including during the last election, when the two main parties came to town to announce expensive plans.
‘Unfortunately none of them happened – and sadly the people of Giles rarely hear from the Liberals or Labor outside of an election campaign.