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ENGIE greenlights Australian renewable hydrogen project with Yara

ENGIE has taken the Final Investment Decision in the development of one of the world’s first industrial-scale renewable hydrogen projects, to be located in the Pilbara region of Western Australia.

Scheduled for completion in 2024, the first phase of the Yuri project will produce up to 640 tonnes of renewable hydrogen per year as a zero-carbon feedstock for Yara Australia’s ammonia production facility in Karratha. This will be key to developing a “Pilbara Green Hydrogen Hub”, serving local and export markets, and building on existing export infrastructure and abundant renewable energy resources in the region.


Yuri roadmap

As announced in 2021, the Yuri project is being developed with the support of a $47.5-million grant from The Australian Government’s ARENA Renewable Hydrogen Deployment Fund and a $2-million grant by the Western Australian Government’s Renewable Hydrogen Fund.

ENGIE has executed an agreement with Mitsui, pursuant to which Mitsui has agreed to acquire a 28% stake in the joint venture company for the Yuri project, subject to the satisfaction of certain conditions under the agreement. ENGIE and Mitsui intend to operate the Yuri project through this joint venture company.

The project will include a 10 MW electrolyzer powered by 18 MW of solar PV and supported by an 8 MW battery energy storage system, generating renewable hydrogen for use in Yara Australia’s ammonia facility at Karratha. Permitting is completed, a 100% offtake contract is in place with Yara and construction is set to commence by November 2022, due to a consortium made of Technip Energies and Monford Group selected as EPC contractor for the project.

Once commissioned it will be amongst the largest renewable energy powered electrolysis sites in the world, which will provide lessons to accelerate the hydrogen industry in Australia and demonstrate the ability to integrate electrolysers with ammonia plants. The project will also share knowledge and experiences in the areas of community engagement, permit processes and industry participation.


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