Cape Hardy Hydrogen Hub of South Australia Update
Cape Hardy Hydrogen Hub of South Australia Update.
Amp Energy (“Amp” or the “Company”) announced today a three-month extension to the Strategic Framework Agreement with Iron Road Ltd, as Lead Developer for the Cape Hardy Green Hydrogen project. The extension is expected to provide adequate additional time to finalise and execute Transaction Documents associated with the next phase of the project.
The Cape Hardy Green Hydrogen project comprises a two stage development: Stage I comprising 5 GW of electrolyser capacity, delivering over 5 million tonnes per annum of green ammonia, with the initial phase comprising 1GW of capacity. The project’s second Stage will see doubling of this capacity to 10 GW. Over the previous nine months Amp and Iron Road have also discussed expanding the intent of the Cape Hardy Green Hydrogen project to include an industrial manufacturing precinct centred on the green hydrogen & minerals value chain. Contingent on this will be satisfactory commercial arrangements and assembling a consortium of development partners. Amp together with Iron Road have completed preliminary Master Planning of the Cape Hardy precinct incorporating electrolyser supply, water desalination, ammonia plant and ancillaries.
During the Strategic Framework Agreement period the Cape Hardy Green Hydrogen project has been studied and reviewed by two leading global engineering firms as the project enters the pre–Front-End Engineering Design (pre-FEED) stage. Amp is continuing advanced discussions with numerous Eyre Peninsula landowners, third party energy developers and transmission network specialists, to secure and transmit renewable energy supply to drive lowest cost of ammonia for domestic and export off-take. Ongoing discussion with export and domestic offtake partners, financiers and local councils on the Eyre Peninsula confirms strong interest and unanimous support for the project. Indicative economic analysis at the Pre-Feasibility stage (class 5 engineering) supports an unsubsidised levelised cost of hydrogen of approximately US$3/kg-H2. This equates to a mid US$600/tonne levelised cost of green ammonia. This costing is consistent with the stage of the project and is subject to ongoing design and economic optimisation, that will reflect the evolving commercial and market landscape.
With continued support from the Barngarla Determination Aboriginal Corporation RNTBC (“BDAC”), Amp is confident the Cape Hardy Green Hydrogen project will provide significant local economic growth and employment opportunities including 1,500 construction, engineering and services jobs and over 300 full time jobs.
For downstream delivery of the Cape Hardy Green Hydrogen project, Amp has recruited Thyl Kint as Project Director. Thyl brings 40 years of global experience, responsible for over $AUD 20 billion in energy project capital expenditure on behalf of global entities including BHP Petroleum, BP, BW Offshore, Kerr McGee, Santos, Shell, and the IFC (part of the World Bank).
Paul Ezekiel, Amp President and founder, said:
We have seen a flight to quality from global strategic partners who are looking to partner with projects of scale.
“We believe the Cape Hardy Green Hydrogen project is strategically well positioned as one of Australia’s flagship hydrogen projects,”
Tom Koutsantonis, Minister for Energy and Mining, said:
The strong progress achieved by the Cape Hardy Green Hydrogen project reflects the momentum of South Australia’s emerging hydrogen industry.
“In addition to creating thousands of jobs for South Australians, projects like this facility at Cape Hardy contribute to our government’s net zero goals and strengthen the state’s economy. Renewable hydrogen has an important role to play as the world transitions to a decarbonised future and South Australia is ideally positioned to capitalise on this opportunity”