Infinite Green Energy (IGE) has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Samsung C&T to develop the Arrowsmith Hydrogen Plant – a renewable hydrogen production facility located in Western Australia, 30km south of Dongara.

The wind and solar-powered plant is forecast to produce up to 300t of green hydrogen per day, or 100,000t per year.

The primary focus of the project is delivering the subsea pipeline and offshore loading facility by early 2028 and production planned to commence the same year The project will also include a truck-offloading terminal, enabling IGE to supply local back-to-base operations with future expansion to form its Zero Emissions Highway.  

The Arrowsmith Hydrogen design includes 700MW of electrolysers, 750MW of solar PV, 1,550MW of wind turbines and 240MW of batteries. IGE anticipates Arrowsmith connection to the South West Interconnected System (SWIS) from Eneabba South to Arrowsmith, where the grid can be extended to Geraldton and subsequently Oakajee.

Subsequent expansions are being considered with Samsung C&T delivering 7GW of renewable energy out of Arrowsmith including 2,100MW of electrolysers.

Western Australian Hydrogen Industry Minister, Roger Cook, welcomed this development which sees Western Australia progress as a significant producer, exporter and user of this emerging renewable energy source.

“Partnerships like these are vital to the delivery of the 2030 vision under the Western Australian Renewable Hydrogen Strategy and future opportunities that come with it,” Mr Cook said.

“With the crucial need to diversify and decarbonise here and around the world, the McGowan Government is committed to the renewable hydrogen sector to help reduce emissions to achieve net zero greenhouse emissions.”

Managing Director and CEO of Infinite Green Energy, Stephen Gauld, said partnering with Samsung C&T to progress the flagship Arrowsmith project was an important step that continues to strengthen the confidence  of all IGE stakeholders, 

“The announcement builds on the partnership we announced with Samsung C&T earlier this year for the  development of our Northam MEG HP1 Project, which has established a strong foundation for our relationship,” Mr Gauld said.

“Through this agreement, Samsung C&T will provide additional resources focussed on delivering green hydrogen for export and domestic customers from our Arrowsmith facility. Our  partnership highlights IGE’s commitment not just to fight climate change, but also to see the Western Australia economy and our local communities benefit from green energy production.” 

Infinite Green Energy Chairman, Peter Coleman, warmly welcomed the partnership with Samsung C&T.

“We are very pleased to welcome Samsung C&T as a key partner in our world leading Arrowsmith Project. Samsung C&T bring knowledge, skills and relationships that will be critical to the successful development of  Arrowsmith,” Mr Coleman said.

Samsung C&T President and CEO of E&C Group, Sechul Oh, said participation in this project aligns strongly with the values and vision of Samsung. 

“We are committed to fast tracking the energy transition, creating opportunities for people and businesses. Production of green hydrogen is a key component of that story,” Mr Oh said.

IGE is aiming to be Australia’s first zero carbon commercial Hydrogen producer. IGE initiated the project in 2019, targeting the domestic Western Australian market delivering up to 42 tpd, however in 2021 IGE completed the export terminal design concept including the subsea pipeline for cryogenic gas.  

IGE is also progressing the Northam MEG HP1, another renewable hydrogen project in development with Samsung C&T.

Feature image (L to R): Stephen Gauld CEO and Managing Director of Infinite Green Energy, Hon Roger Cook MLA Deputy Premier; Minister for State Development, Jobs and Trade; Hydrogen Industry; Tourism; Science, Mr Sechul Oh Samsung C&T President and CEO of E&C Group. Provided by: Oh Samsung C&T.

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