Osaka Gas backs $11bn green hydrogen project

Osaka Gas Co Ltd will provide technical support for a USD 10.75bn green hydrogen project in the Australian outback and will consider potential investment in the future. The Desert Bloom Hydrogen project, backed by Singapore-based Sanguine Impact Investment Group, will use a unique technology to suck water out of the air and solar power to split the water to make green hydrogen – hydrogen generated by renewable energy – in the Northern Territory’s desert.

Osaka Gas has agreed to contribute project management, engineering, and technical support for the project, manage hydrogen sales and negotiate with equipment manufacturers, the project’s developer, Aqua Aerem, said.

If it goes ahead as planned, the project could be the first producer of green hydrogen in Australia, planning to start up in 2023, while a raft of other projects is still running feasibility studies.

Desert Bloom will start small, using Aqua Aerem’s 2-megawatt production units, which the company says can generate water from the air, and produce heat, renewable electricity, and green hydrogen.

The initial work, which the company said in December would cost AUD 1bn (USD 743M), will produce 1,000 kg/day of hydrogen, or 2% of the project’s full stage 1 target.

Eventually, to get to its target of 410,000 tonnes a year of hydrogen for local use and exports, the project will scale up to 4,000 modular units, driving down production costs.

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