US-based engineering and construction solutions provider McDermott will aid in the acceleration of Australia’s clean energy revolution after it was awarded a Pre Front-End Engineering Design (Pre-FEED) contract from Woodside Energy for the proposed H2Perth project.

The contract will see McDermott handling the preliminary steps for a proposed export-scale renewable hydrogen and ammonia production facility, before basic engineering level work takes place. 

Commenting on the win, Tareq Kawash, Senior Vice President, Onshore of McDermott, said, “This award follows the successful completion of the concept study on H2Perth and decades of experience executing both onshore and offshore projects for Woodside Energy.” 

The hydrogen will be produced using clean electrolysis technologies and natural gas reforming with carbon emissions either abated or offset. 

When operation begins, H2Perth will initially target 300 tonnes per day of hydrogen production, which can be converted into 600,000 tonnes of ammonia per year or 110,000 tonnes of liquid hydrogen per year. 

At full capacity, the project is expected to produce up to 1,500 tonnes of hydrogen per day, with the potential to scale up electrolyser capacity to 3 gigawatts.