• BP to study green hydrogen production facility in Western Australia

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      Patrick Lavery

      Combustion Industry News Editor

BP and Australian financial firm Macquarie Group are to undertake a feasibility study of the production of green hydrogen at the Kwinana Industrial Area, near Perth, Western Australia. BP has a refinery at the site, but announced last October it would be ceasing operation, instead exploring the possibility of converting the site to produce lower-carbon fuels. Kwinana contains mineral refineries, chemical plants and cement works, which will be sounded out as part of the feasibility study as to their appetite for using green hydrogen as a fuel. The Western Australian government is helping fund the AU$400,000 study (US$296,000/€250,000), which is expected to be completed in the first half of next year. Last month, BP completed a study into green hydrogen and green ammonia, which found production technically feasible and appetite for the fuel considerable both domestically and internationally, although major investment in port, electricity and water services would be required. Mid-west Western Australia was determined to be particularly suitable.