Joint media release: $70 million investment in Kwinana Hydrogen Hub enables major step forward for WA hydrogen industry

The Hon Chris Bowen MP, Minister for Climate Change and Energy

The Hon Madeleine King MP, Minister for Resources

The Albanese Government is turbocharging investment in Western Australia’s industrial sector, with a major milestone achieved on the H2Kwinana Hydrogen Hub, supported by $70 million from the Albanese Government as part of its Regional Hydrogen Hubs program.

Today we can announce the project is now progressing to Front-End Engineering Design, bringing us one major step forward for the future of WA’s hydrogen industry.

This investment will create regional jobs and help decarbonise the state’s industrial sector, as WA embraces the opportunities of the clean energy transformation.

The H2Kwinana Hydrogen Hub is being led by bp Australia and will create 150 jobs. It will include a 100 MW electrolyser, with the potential to expand to a total of 1.5 GW production.

Site works for H2Kwinana are already underway, with construction expected to be complete in mid-2027.

When operational, it could produce over 14,000 tonnes of green hydrogen per annum for industrial use and heavy transport. This is equivalent to fuelling around 750 vehicles a year in Australia’s heavy vehicle fleet.

The project involves the installation of hydrogen storage, compression and truck loading facilities and upgrades to the existing on-site hydrogen pipeline system.

The Albanese Government is investing over half a billion dollars in regional Hydrogen Hubs, including in the Pilbara, Kwinana, Gladstone, Townsville, the Hunter, Bell Bay and Port Bonython.

Australia’s hydrogen industry is projected to generate $50 billion in additional GDP by 2050, creating tens of thousands of jobs in regional Australia as Australia transforms to a renewable energy superpower.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Climate Change and Energy Chris Bowen:

“Investing in an Australian hydrogen industry is investing in Australia’s future,” said Minister Bowen.

“Kwinana has been an industrial and economic powerhouse for decades, making it an ideal location for a hydrogen hub that can support decarbonisation of heavy industry and connect our renewable resources to the world.

These projects are the next step towards using locally produced renewable hydrogen in Australia to reduce our industrial emissions and develop a renewable export future.”

Quotes attributable to Minister for Resources Madeleine King:

“Western Australia is one of the world’s great energy producers, and thanks to our wealth of natural resources and talent pool of skilled workers we are ready to become a world-class, low-cost hydrogen supplier,” said Minister King. 

“Kwinana has long been the powerhouse of the Western Australian economy and this investment will ensure Kwinana remains the state’s powerhouse into the future.

“WA’s renewable hydrogen industry will diversify and decarbonise our economy and create jobs in Perth and in the regions.”