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Amp Energy plans green hydrogen and ammonia production

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Amp Energy has finalised commercial agreements for the development of the Cape Hardy Advanced Fuels Precinct incorporating electrolysers to produce green hydrogen, as well as green ammonia and other advanced fuels.

The agreements were executed with Iron Road which is developing the Cape Hardy Industrial Port Precinct on the Eyre Peninsula in South Australia into a green products manufacturing and export area.

The area is to be supported by a desalination plant for the region being studied by the federal and state governments and copper miners BHP and Oz Minerals which will underpin massive expansions of industry.

Now Amp Energy will purchase a 630-hectare parcel of land at Cape Hardy for $15.5 million for the project and has finalised a royalty structure and common user infrastructure agreement with Iron Road.

The Cape Hardy Advanced Fuels Precinct will provide production at scale with up to 10 GW of planned electrolyser capacity with an initial stage to bring 1 GW online, as well as an advanced fuels export terminal.

Amp President and Co-founder Paul Ezekiel said: “We are seeing growing demand for Advanced Fuels both in Australia and abroad.

“This includes green ammonia, liquid hydrogen, methanol, and sustainable aviation fuel.

“The Cape Hardy Advanced Fuels Precinct will allow for large-scale production of
these fuels that will be critical to the energy transition and achieving net zero targets.”

The project is expected to create 4,000 direct jobs and 6,000 indirect roles for the 1W phase.

Amp Energy has been developing its plans over the past two years while Iron Road has been developing the Cape Hardy project for 12 years.

Iron Road has conducted planning and engineering, design, feasibility studies, terrestrial and marine studies relating to both Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and EPBC approval, geotechnical, seismic, LIDAR surveys, bathymetric surveys, stakeholder engagement, community and government consultation and negotiations with the Barngarla Traditional Owners culminating in a National Native Title Tribunal registered Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA).

The South Australian Minister for Trade and Investment Joe Szakacs said: “The State Government recognises the strategic importance of the Cape Hardy Advanced Fuels Precinct attracting investment into the state for domestic and export opportunities, as there is an increasing flight to quality for hydrogen projects worldwide.”

Further reading:
Iron Road selects Amp Energy for Eyre Peninsula hydrogen hub
Just add water – study to boost Whyalla water supply
Picture: Amp Energy/Cape Hardy 5GW green hydrogen/ammonia production

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