German engineering company Thyssenkrupp Uhde, in collaboration with DL E&C and its affiliate Carbonco, has been chosen to undertake the preliminary Front End Engineering and Design (pre-FEED) for a substantial 5-Gigawatt (GW) green hydrogen and ammonia production project in Western Australia. The project is being developed by Danish fund manager Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) in partnership with Hydrogen Renewables Australia Pty Ltd.
While the financial details of the contract were not disclosed in Thyssenkrupp Uhde's statement on Thursday, the pre-FEED phase aims to enhance the technical concept of the proposal and initiate crucial engineering activities, leveraging Thyssenkrupp Uhde's expertise in ammonia synthesis technology.
The proposed complex, situated near Kalbarri in the mid-western region of Western Australia, will cover 126,000 hectares (311,352 acres) of pastoral land. It is designed to produce hydrogen for export to Asian markets, with a focus on Japan and South Korea. The ambitious plan involves powering the process with 3 GW of electrolysers, drawing electricity from a substantial 6 GW of wind and solar parks.
Initiated in 2020, the Murchison project aims to make a final investment decision in 2025. This pre-FEED collaboration signifies a crucial step in advancing the technical aspects of the project, aligning with Australia's broader efforts to become a major player in the global green hydrogen market.