Malinauskas signs Japanese companies to green hydrogen

South Australian Premier Peter Malinauskas is in Japan where he has signed green hydrogen co-operation agreements with a number of major companies to accelerate hydrogen export projects in the state.

Following a series of high-level meetings in Tokyo on Monday, Japan’s Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Marubeni, and Australia’s Santos and H2U have signed individual Statements of Cooperation with the state government.

The Premier and the trade mission in Japan will seek more signatories in coming days.

The Statement of Cooperation sets out the commitment of the South Australian government and industry partners to work together to accelerate the development of South Australia’s hydrogen economy and fast track the global transition to clean energy.

Numerous hydrogen export projects are in planning for the Whyalla region in the mid-north of the state where the government is constructing a green hydrogen electricity power plant.

The Statement of Cooperation has the following key areas of focus:

Growing a globally competitive hydrogen export sector through the development of a hydrogen export strategy and strategic partnerships

The export strategy will identify efficiencies in legislation, skills, inputs, and infrastructure required to establish a competitive export and value adding sector

Enabling the industries of the future by fostering advances in new technologies and new industrial opportunities through research partnerships and projects that accelerate the development of large scale industrial decarbonisation programmes

And developing near-term domestic markets including mobility through the establishment of an ecosystem (production, distribution, and off-take applications) enabling a national hydrogen network of supply and applications.

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Picture: Peter Malinauskas at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries

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