BP with Australian lender Macquarie Group is conducting a feasibility study to produce green hydrogen at the oil giant’s former refinery site near Perth, Western Australia.
The study is looking at helping decarbonize the Kwinana Industrial Area, home to several high-emission power plants, mineral refineries, chemical plants, and cement works.
It would test local industrial demand and appetite for possible partnerships for constructing a large-scale electrolyzer to produce green hydrogen in Kwinana.
BP last October stunned the Australian government with its decision to shut the Kwinana refinery, and said at the time it would explore other options for the site including a clean energy hub that could produce and store lower carbon fuels.
The Western Australian government is helping to pay for the A$400,000 study. The companies expect to complete the project in the first half of 2022.
Recently, BP completed another study that concluded that the mid-west region of Western Australia would be a good location for large-scale green hydrogen production.