SEVERAL entities have signed a memorandum of understanding to study the feasibility of a long-term, stable supply chain of sustainable liquid hydrogen from Western Australia to Singapore and possibly Japan.

The MOU was signed by Australian oil and gas company Woodside, Keppel Data Centres, City Energy, Osaka Gas Singapore and City-OG Gas Energy Services.

The study is expected to continue into mid-2022, when the parties will decide on the next phase of the collaboration.

The agreement follows the announcement of the proposed H2Perth Hydrogen facility in Kwinana, where Woodside is seeking to establish a large-scale liquid hydrogen and ammonia export hub.

The parties will work together to explore both the technical and commercial aspects of developing a liquid hydrogen supply chain between Western Australia and Singapore, and potentially Japan, through collaboration using their respective expertise and knowledge.

Woodside CEO Meg O’Neill said the MOU was aligned with Woodside’s strategy to develop a diversified and scalable portfolio of new energy products to help reduce customers’ emissions.

“It is important for us to work collaboratively with potential customers and end users such as Keppel Data Centres, Osaka Gas Singapore, City Energy and City-OG Gas Energy Services to collaboratively build out a sustainable hydrogen supply chain from our proposed H2Perth Project,” she said.

“H2Perth is ideally located in Western Australia for shipping to Singapore and Japan and the project site is close to existing gas, power, water and port infrastructure, as well as a skilled local residential workforce.”

Wong Wai Meng, CEO of Keppel Data Centres, said: “This MOU will explore the feasibility of harnessing LH2 from Australia to power our data centres in Singapore, with potential applications for other Keppel business units in future. This collaboration in the upstream LH2 supply chain complements the existing MOUs we have entered with various partners to explore the mid-to-down-stream segments, including transportation, storage and regasification.”

“In line with Keppel’s Vision 2030 and carbon emission reduction targets, we are committed to the decarbonisation of data centre operations through our research efforts in LNG and hydrogen for power generation, floating data centres, and technologies for carbon capture, utilisation and sequestration.”

For piped town gas provider City Energy, which is the national producer and retailer of town gas in Singapore, this collaboration may significantly support its carbon reduction effort in piped town gas production or combustion.

Perry Ong, chief executive officer of City Energy and chairman of City-OG Gas Energy Services, said: “As the nation’s sole piped town gas provider for more than 870,000 homes and businesses, decarbonising town gas is central to City Energy’s business strategy. We look forward to collaborating with our partners in this MOU to explore a greener future for our nation, in particular in studying the feasibility of importing green hydrogen for applications in town gas manufacturing processes to further lower carbon emissions.”

“Our team at City-OG is pleased to support the increasing needs of its natural gas customers to reduce carbon emissions and is strongly committed to contributing to a low-carbon planet which is good for all. With its close relationships with City Energy and Daigas Group, of which Osaka Gas is an affiliate, City-OG is well positioned to share its expertise in helping its customers lower their carbon emissions.”

Motoyuki Hirabayashi, president and CEO of Osaka Gas Singapore, said: “We have announced our Carbon Neutral Vision to be carbon neutral by 2050. Hydrogen will play a significant role in the energy transition and the development of a liquefied hydrogen supply chain is vital.

“We would like to contribute to the success of the project by utilising our experience and know-how accumulated through our LNG value chain business, including aggregation of LNG demand. We are excited to participate in this valuable project led by Keppel with Woodside Energy, and we look forward to our collaboration to contribute and to build a sustainable hydrogen supply chain between Singapore and Australia.”