BP’s renewable hydrogen project hits major milestone

BP’s Kwinana Energy Hub in Western Australia has reached a major milestone as the H2Kwinana project enters front-end engineering and design (FEED).

The project, which is supported by $70 million from the Australian Government, plans to install 100MW of electrolyser capacity at the site, with the potential to expand to a total of 1.5GW production in subsequent phases.

Frédéric Baudry, President of BP Australia and SVP Fuels and Low Carbon Solutions, Asia Pacific, said BP is strengthening the energy system of today while building the energy system of tomorrow, leveraging existing infrastructure, and strengthening its unique relationships with customers.  

“H2K at Kwinana is BP’s strategy in action, leading from the front in decarbonisation in the region and providing energy security through diversity.

“Going into FEED, with the support and belief of the state and federal governments, is a major milestone for this project. Hydrogen produced from water and renewable power has the potential to decarbonise BP’s planned biorefinery where hydrogen is made from natural gas and biogas, and at other industrial facilities in the Kwinana industrial area where hydrogen is also made from natural gas.”

Lucy Nation, VP Hydrogen, Australia and Asia Pacific, said part of BP’s strategy is leaning into the energy transition through its five transition growth engines: biofuels, mobility and convenience, EV charging, renewable power, and hydrogen.

“The Kwinana Energy Hub shows this strategy in action. We are repurposing existing process units, tanks, pipelines, and utilities from the former refinery as the starting point for Kwinana Renewable Fuels and H2Kwinana. 

“Both of these projects will allow us to supply ourselves and our customers with products that allow them to meet their own emissions targets while also contributing to Australia’s decarbonisation targets.”

Subject to approvals and public policy and business decisions, production from H2Kwinana is anticipated from 2026.

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