WA green energy hub strikes deal with Korean power giant

Western Green Energy Hub (WGEH) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with South Korea’s largest electric utility, Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO).

The MoU is a significant step towards the development of one of Australia’s largest proposed green hydrogen hubs, which will be located in WA’s Goldfields-Esperance region on Mirning Country and when complete would generate 3.5 million tonnes of zero-carbon green hydrogen per year.

Ray Macdonald, Chief Executive Officer of WGEH, said he looks forward to collaboration to develop the WGEH project, as well as being a long-term supply partner to South Korea and other international markets.

“Projects like WGEH are large and complex and bringing in KEPCO, a proven partner and developer of largescale infrastructure projects, is invaluable.”

The construction of the hub, which will cover 15,000 square kilometres and require around 3,000 wind turbines and 25 million solar panel modules, is expected to span around 20 years and create thousands of jobs.

Bill Johnston, Minister for the Hydrogen Industry, said the MoU is a key step forward in the process of having this major project completed.

“This is an exciting project for Western Australia and will put our State on the forefront of producing green hydrogen, making it competitive on a worldwide scale.

“The Cook Government is proud to continue its commitment to the renewable hydrogen sector and its pledge to reduce emissions in WA.”

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