The potential for Australia’s clean hydrogen processing industry has been highlighted by the Western Australian Government decision to allocate land to Yara Clean Ammonia in the proposed Pilbara Hydrogen Hub.
This parcel of land is in the Maitland Strategic Industrial Estate close to the major community of Karratha and the Dampier Port. YCA is currently developing the Project Yuri renewable hydrogen plant at parent company Yara ASA’s Yara Pilbara ammonia operations just 40 kilometres away.
Yara Clean Ammonia President Magnus Krogh Ankarstrand said the announcement of the land allocation in the Maitland Industrial Estate was a positive step forward and was indicative of the support shown by the Western Australian Government in developing a clean hydrogen and clean fuels sector in the State.
“At Yara Clean Ammonia we are building on Yara’s 100-year history of innovation and global experience in ammonia production, logistics and trade. Through Project Yuri, Yara will inject the first green molecules into an existing Australian ammonia plant.”
YCA is also working closely with the Pilbara Ports Authority on assessing the potential uptake of ammonia bunkering (refueling) at the region’s ports, particularly for iron ore carriers operating to and from key Asian markets.
Mr. Ankarstrand said the company would now enter detailed discussions with the relevant government agencies, traditional owners and undertake preliminary studies on the land allocation and a potential clean ammonia production site.