World’s biggest renewable energy hub planned for Goldfields-Esperance Region

The world’s biggest renewable energy hub – comprising an astonishing 50 gigawatts of wind and solar capacity – has been proposed for the Goldfields-Esperance region to create millions of tonnes of green hydrogen for use in Australia and for export.  The chief proponents are Australia’s CWP Renewables and Hong Kong-based Intercontinental Energy, the same parties behind the 26GW Asia Renewable Energy Hub in the Pilbara.

The Western Green Energy Hub (WGEH) would stretch over 15,000 square kilometres from near the South Australia border out west across the Nullabor towards the mining towns of Kalgoorlie and Boulder.  It would cost up to $100 billion to deliver, and would produce up to 3.5 million tonnes of green hydrogen or 20 million tonnes of green ammonia annually.

“The Western Green Energy Hub is historic on two fronts,” Brendan Hammond, the chairman of the  WGEH board, said in a statement on Tuesday.

“First, the scale at which we will be able to deliver green fuels to markets and customers around the world, helping to move us all towards a net-zero future.

“Second, and possibly more importantly, the way in which we are working with the Mirning People, the original owners of the land, to create a truly long-term and sustainable multi-generational partnership that delivers enormous socio-economic benefits for the community.”

“It’s a truly massive proposal,” said Western Australia’s hydrogen minister Alannah MacTiernan.