THE WESTERN Australian government has welcomed the memorandum of understanding signed between Western Green Energy Hub and Korea Electric Power Corporation.

The agreement is to progress the development process of the project.

The project, to be located in WA’s Goldfields-Esperance region will cover 15,000 square kilometres and require around 3000 wind turbines and 25 million solar panel modules.

These turbines and modules generate energy for the electrolysis which converts water into hydrogen.

Once complete, the project will become one of the largest of such energy hubs in the world and generate 3.5 million tonnes of zero-carbon green hydrogen per year.

Western Australia hydrogen industry minister Bill Johnston 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,” he said.

The Western Green Energy Hub is one of several proposed major hydrogen developments in the state.

According to press reports, project proponents are looking to build an offshore facility to transfer the hub’s output onto ships for export.