GLOBAL Energy Ventures has signed a memorandum of understanding with Pacific Hydro to explore opportunities in the production, storage, loading and transportation of hydrogen produced by Pacific Hydro’s Ord Hydrogen Project.

The Ord Hydrogen project received funding last year from the Western Australian government under its Renewable Hydrogen Fund for a feasibility study for a hydrogen production facility near Kununurra in the Kimberley.

Under the MoU, the two companies will work on developing an export market and associated marine transport for hydrogen using GEV’s C-H2 ship and supply chain.

Pacific Hydro operates the Ord Hydro Plant, which can supply 30 MW of renewable power to the local market.

GEV executive director Martin Carolan said the proposal to locate a green hydrogen facility in the eastern Kimberly powered by the Ord Hydro Plant can advance the development of one of Austrlaia’s first green hydrogen operations.

“[It is] in proximity to two ports that will be studied for the future export of green hydrogen to nearby Asian markets,” he said.

Pacific Hydro director of strategy and new business James Miller-Randle said, “The project is currently under development and we are looking forward to engaging with the local traditional owners, Miriuwung Gajerrong and broader community, as well as other key stakeholders as we continue to progress this exciting project”.

GEV is a specialist in developing integrated CNG marine transport systems.

Pacific Hydro owns, operates and develops renewable assets; State Power Investment Corporation of China acquired Pacific Hydro in 2016.