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Major Australian renewable hydrogen project progresses


Artist’s impression of the CQ-H2 project in Queensland, Australia Photo: Stanwell Corporation
Artist’s impression of the CQ-H2 project in Queensland, Australia

Photo: Stanwell Corporation

Worley has been awarded the front-end engineering and design (FEED) work for the Central Queensland Hydrogen (CQ-H2) project, Australia.

The project, led by Stanwell Corporation and its consortium members Iwatani Corporation, Kansai Electric Power Company, Marubeni and Keppel Infrastructure, is the largest investment in an Australian renewable hydrogen project to date. It also ranks in the global top 10 hydrogen projects at the pre-FID (final investment decision) stage.


The development initially plans to install up to 640 MW of electrolysers and produce up to 200 t/d of gaseous renewable hydrogen, with offtakers purchasing the gas to convert to renewable ammonia or liquefied hydrogen. The project also aims to deliver renewable hydrogen via its different carriers to Japan and Singapore, as well as supplying large domestic customers in central Queensland.


Worley will supply the FEED study for the hydrogen production facility and hydrogen transfer facility, along with the pre-FEED study for the hydrogen liquefaction facility.


The CQ-H2 project is backed by funding from all consortium members, the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) and the Queensland government’s Queensland Renewable Energy and Hydrogen Jobs Fund. At its peak, it is expected to support more than 8,900 new jobs, deliver $17.2bn in hydrogen exports and add $12.4bn to Queensland’s Gross State Product over its 30-year life.


Commercial operations are expected to start in 2028. If successful, the project will ramp up in future phases to full-scale operations of approximately 2,240 MW of electrolyser capacity, capable of producing 800 t/d of gaseous renewable hydrogen by 2031.