Pacific Energy acquires Australia’s first public hydrogen refuelling station

Pacific Energy has announced the acquisition of the Canberra Hydrogen Refuelling Facility from ActewAGL.

Located in Fyshwick, the facility was the first publicly available hydrogen refuelling station in Australia when it officially launched in 2021 and marks Pacific Energy’s first investment into hydrogen infrastructure.

Jamie Cullen, CEO of Pacific Energy, said he was delighted to announce the addition of the Canberra station to its portfolio as the company pursues it build-own-operate model across multiple fuel technologies.

“With our already established reputation and track record of delivering broad-based hydrogen solutions, the acquisition of the Canberra Hydrogen Refuelling Facility perfectly aligns with our goal to be a leading provider of the infrastructure the sector is seeking to scale.

“Combined with our commitment to support the ACT Government to decarbonise its transport sector, we look forward to supporting local organisations refuel their vehicles while considering new opportunities to grow the Territory’s FCEV fleet options.”

Originally designed and constructed by specialist Pacific Energy subsidiary, ENGV, the facility demonstrates the in-house capabilities and embedded culture of innovation while showcasing the capabilities of its equipment partners, NEL (electrolysers) and PDC Machines and IVYS Energy Solutions (hydrogen refuelling stations).

Since operations commenced, the station has kick-started Canberra’s hydrogen mobility journey, serving a growing fleet of hydrogen-powered fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs). The ACT Government, the largest FCEV fleet operator, will continue to access and utilise the station through an extended fleet lease provided by Hyundai.

Fiona Wright, Deputy Director General, Environment, Water and Emissions Reduction, ACT Government, notes the role hydrogen plays in the transport landscape.

“As part of our commitment to reach net zero by 2045, decarbonising the ACT transport sector is a key focus. Hydrogen will continue to have a role to play in this, with the Canberra Hydrogen Refuelling Station providing the essential infrastructure to meet future demand for this fuel type.”

The ACT Government has a goal to achieve 80-90 per cent of new light vehicle sales being zero-emission vehicles in 2030. As such, new hydrogen refuelling investments in the Territory are a strategic focus for Pacific Energy and its collaborators to support this target.

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