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Inpex and AGL to cooperate on Australian hydrogen hub

Japan’s oil and gas company Inpex and Australian utility AGL Energy have signed a deal to conduct a feasibility study for AGL’s Hunter Energy Hub in New South Wales, Australia.

Inpex and AGL to cooperate on Australian hydrogen hub
Image: Lidell Power Station

The parties signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU). Under the MoU, Inpex will study the feasibility of the hub in cooperation with AGL and other partners.

The Hunter Energy Hub is the second hydrogen hub study that Iinpex is pursuing with AGL, following the partnership on the Torrens Hydrogen Hub in South Australia.

The project mainly envisages hydrogen production from renewable energy sources and the export of hydrogen and hydrogen-derived products.

It seeks to introduce a hydrogen industry to the Hunter region of New South Wales by using the site of the AGL-owned Liddell power station as well as existing infrastructure located in its vicinity.

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