Lytton to get first Australian servo with a hydrogen pump

BP and BOC have announced that a hydrogen refuelling station will be installed at BP’s Lytton truck stop and begin operating later this year, with its first customers to be the Queensland government’s fleet of five Hyundai NEXO vehicles.

According to the BOC, a division of global industrial gases specialist Linde, Linde has installed over 200 hydrogen refuelling units around the world so far. The pump at Lytton would be able to refuel a car in between three and five minutes and use green hydrogen produced ten minutes away at BOC’s Bulwer Island site.

“Working closely with our partner bp we will demonstrate how state-of-the-art hydrogen refuelling stations can be safely integrated into the existing service station network, paving the way for more infrastructure to facilitate hydrogen trucks and buses,” said the Managing Director of BOC South Pacific, John Evans, on Wednesday.

“The importance of this for our economic future cannot be overstated because this is another link in the supply chain, ensuring Queensland cements its status as a global force in the hydrogen industry,” said Queensland’s energy minister Mick de Brenni.

“From hydrogen-powered trucks and coaches to trains and marine vessels, we are exploring every opportunity to capitalise on the opportunities of Queensland’s energy transformation.”

Queensland government’s NEXO vehicles would be the first users of the new pump, followed by those with a bp plus card who register with for access.

Lytton is the suburb hosting one of only two oil refineries in Australia that remain open. The Ampol site at Lytton was in danger of closing and under review before the former federal government provided an assistance package in 2021. It is expected to stay open until 2027.

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