CS Energy and Senex Energy announce JV on Kogan hydrogen demo plant

Queensland government-owned CS Energy and natural gas producer Senex Energy have announced a joint venture to develop the Kogan Renewable Hydrogen Demonstration Plant near Chinchilla, which will fuel the latest planned stop on the tri-state Hydrogen Superhighway.

CS Energy will have a 75 per cent stake in the demonstration plant, with Senex holding 25 per cent, the Queensland government announced on Wednesday. 

“The natural gas sector is the ideal partner for development of a renewable hydrogen industry and that’s why we’re investing in this project,” said Senex CEO Ian Davies.

The Queensland government said it has allocated $28.9 million for the demonstration plant and refueller network in the planned hydrogen highway, which the Queensland, NSW and Victorian governments signed an MoU for in March.

The demonstrator plant is being built next to CS Energy’s Kogan Creek Power Station, with construction scheduled for this September and commissioning for 2023.

According to its website, the plant will have include a 2 megawatt solar farm, 700 kilowatt electrolyser, capacity to store approximately 750 kilograms of hydrogen onsite, as well as battery and hydrogen cell power.

“This green hydrogen will be used in the latest stop on our Hydrogen Superhighway established with New South Wales and Victoria and help develop Australia’s energy independence via the transport sector,” said state energy minister Mick de Brenni of the Kogan plant.

Picture: artist’s impression of the Kogan demo site (csenergy.com.au)

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