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Steelmaker Posco plans A$40bn hydrogen investment

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31 Mar 2023

South Korean steelmaker Posco has revealed plans to invest in Australia’s clean fuel industry. The world’s sixth-biggest steel producer announced it would invest A$28bn in green hydrogen and A$12bn in green steel with its local Australian partners by 2040. Posco plans to use Australia as a base to export hydrogen to South Korea, which is an important partner in Australia’s energy transition. According to the Australian Renewable Energy Agency, demand for hydrogen exports could surpass 3 million tonnes per year by 2040, worth A$10bn annually. If it goes ahead, the landmark A$40bn pledge would be Australia’s second biggest foreign direct investment (FDI) on record.

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Japan invests A$2.35bn in world’s first liquefied hydrogen supply chain

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29 Mar 2023

Japan has committed A$2.35 billion to the Hydrogen Energy Supply Chain project, Australia’s most advanced clean hydrogen project. A new joint venture between J-POWER and Sumitomo Corporation will use carbon capture and storage and convert coal from Victoria’s La Trobe Valley into clean hydrogen. Japan Suiso Energy, comprising Kawasaki Heavy Industries and Iwatani Corporation, will design and build commercial-scale facilities at the Port of Hastings in Victoria. The facilities will liquefy and ship the clean hydrogen from the Port of Hastings to the Port of Kawasaki in Japan.

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Recharge Industries to build lithium-ion battery factory in Australia

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29 Mar 2023

Recharge Industries will build a new lithium-ion battery cell gigafactory in regional Victoria. This new factory in Geelong could become the largest gigafactory in the Asia Pacific region. Recharge Industries is an Australian business backed by US investment firm Scale Facilitation. The company has also just bought a gigafactory venture in UK, called Britishvolt. Austrade has assisted with both investments, and the two factories will be built simultaneously.

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UK parliament approves trade agreement with Australia

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28 Mar 2023

A new free trade agreement between Australia and the UK has taken a major step forward. UK legislation to implement the Australia-UK Free Trade Agreement (A-UK FTA) was given Royal Assent on 24 March, a significant milestone in the two countries’ bilateral relationship. The A-UK FTA will create opportunities for businesses in both countries and support productive foreign direct investment. Trade Minister Senator the Hon Don Farrell said: “We are ready to bring the Australia-United Kingdom Free Trade Agreement into force as soon as possible. Our economy is stronger when global trade flows freely and the Australian government is delivering on our commitment to strengthen and diversify our trading relationships.”

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BAE Systems to set up Asia-Pacific F-35 warehouse in Australia

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15 Mar 2023

BAE Systems Australia is building an F-35 warplane sustainment warehouse in Australia under a new contract with Lockheed Martin. The warehouse will store critical parts for the F-35 warplane and support F-35 operations in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region. The facility will be co-located with the Royal Australian Air Force Base in Williamtown in regional New South Wales. Defence is a priority sector for Australia. We are investing A$270 billion in defence capability over the next 10 years. There are investment opportunities across the defence portfolio, including national intelligence and cyber.

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Australia “well-positioned” on critical minerals value add

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14 Mar 2023

Australia could become a “value-adding superpower” that refines its critical minerals into high grade chemicals and metals before export, a new report finds. Australian think tank Clean Energy Finance has mapped out the nation’s opportunity to lead the world in minerals mining, renewables-powered onshore refining and pre-export manufacturing. It notes that Australia is at the start of a “globally significant once in a century clean energy-led investment boom”. The growing global focus on energy transition plays to Australia’s competitive advantages in firmed renewables and value-added critical minerals at global scale, the report finds.

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Japanese energy giant ENEOS builds green hydrogen demonstration plant in Australia

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21 Feb 2023

Japanese energy company ENEOS Corporation has opened a pilot green hydrogen facility in Brisbane, Queensland. ENEOS will use its patented electrolysis technology, Direct MCH®, to produce up to 20 kilograms of green hydrogen a day. The company will produce the hydrogen in the form of methylcyclohexane (MCH). This allows it to be stored and transported as a liquid. It will refine the liquid back to hydrogen at its facility in Japan.

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Neoen to start building its fifth big battery in Australia

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3 Feb 2023

French renewables company Neoen will start building its fifth big battery in Australia. The 200 MW / 400 MwH Blyth Battery in South Australia will be paired with Neoen’s Goyder South Stage 1 wind farm. It will deliver 70 MW of renewable energy to power BHP’s Olympic Dam operations in South Australia. Neoen is a driving force behind clean energy investments in Australia. It has invested more than A$3 billion in 17 large-scale renewable energy projects since 2012.

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New analysis predicts strong investment in low-carbon Australia

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30 Jan 2023

Investments in Australia’s clean energy sector are expected to grow by 23 per cent in 2023, according to energy market intelligence group Rystad Energy – substantially higher than average global growth. Worldwide, low-carbon investments are projected to increase by US$60 billion – up 10 per cent on 2022 levels, driven largely by wind, hydrogen and carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS). “The location of confirmed projects this year shows that Africa is set to attract the highest investment growth, with a 26 per cent increase, mainly driven by onshore wind projects in Egypt,” says Rystad. “Australia takes second place with 23 per cent growth, with expansion across almost all sectors”.

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Iberdrola to build €1.1 billion green hydrogen plant in Australia

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30 Jan 2023

Spanish renewables giant Iberdrola and Australian hydrogen developer ABEL Energy are building a green hydrogen plant in Tasmania. The €1.1 billion Bell Bay Powerfuels project will be one of the largest in the world. It will produce 200,000 tonnes of green methanol per year in its first phase of development, rising to 300,000 tonnes in its second phase. This investment is on top of the €2 billion Iberdrola has committed to Australia since 2020. It has plans to invest up to €3 billion in the coming years to help Australia transition to clean energy.

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Danish renewables giant makes major investment in Australian solar hydrogen

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29 Jan 2023

Danish renewables giant European Energy has invested in the 3,600 MW Pacific Solar Hydrogen Project in Gladstone, Queensland. The company will develop the combined solar farm and battery facility on a 6,000-hectare site and manage the grid process. When complete, the project is expected to produce over 100,000 tonnes of green hydrogen a year.

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Government opens $50m critical mineral support program

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25 Jan 2023

The Australian Government has opened a $50 million grant funding scheme to accelerate development of the country’s critical minerals sector and support downstream processing. The Critical Minerals Development Program will provide grants from $1 million to $30 million. Minister for Resources and Northern Australia Madeleine King said it would help Australia become a trusted and stable global supplier of critical minerals and rare earths, which are crucial for low-emissions technologies such as electric vehicles, batteries and solar panels, as well as aerospace and defence applications. “The road to net zero runs through Australia’s resources sector,” Minister King said.

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