The Western Australia Government is examining opportunities to attract clean hydrogen (H2) projects to the Mid-West region.

The McGowan Government yesterday held a forum that brought together gas, mining, transport, electricity, infrastructure and government sectors to discuss developments in renewable H2 and options for encouraging local or national organisations to look to the Mid-West to locate H2 pilot projects.

The forum cast a spotlight on the inputs required to produce renewable H2 such as water, power and land, and celebrate some of the region’s diverse high-profile operations.

Alannah MacTiernan, Regional Development Minister, said, “Regional Western Australia has incredible potential for renewable energy industries, with its large-scale solar and wind resources and strong export capability.”

“The Mid-West in particular delivers on these competitive advantages. This forum aims to bring together key parties to narrow in on initial renewable hydrogen projects for which the region would be well suited.”

“H2 can be used to firm renewables for electricity generation or be used directly as a gas in homes and industry.”

“This regional forum complements the work being done by the WA Renewable Hydrogen Council, which is expected to deliver its recommendations on the strategic direction of the renewable H2 industry in WA early next year.”