Hydrogen Energy Supply Chain (HESC)

A world-first project.

The world-first Hydrogen Energy Supply Chain (HESC) Project

The Hydrogen Energy Supply Chain (HESC) Pilot Project was successfully completed in February 2022 with the arrival of the Suiso Frontier in Kobe, Japan with a load of liquefied hydrogen extracted from Latrobe Valley coal. This achievement proved the HESC Project’s technical viability and the basis for Project Partners to progress to creating a Liquefied Hydrogen Supply Chain Commercial Demonstration Project between Victoria and Japan. ​

On March 6th, after a review of several potential projects in Australia and around the world, Japan Suiso Energy (JSE) confirmed it had chosen to allocate the Japanese Government’s Green Innovation Fund (GIF) grant of ¥220 billion Japanese Yen (approximately AU$2.35 billion) to the commercial demonstration phase of Victoria’s HESC Project. The grant was originally allocated to Japan Suiso Energy, Iwatani Corporation and ENEOS in August 2021.

The commercial demonstration project will be delivered by two consortia.

First will be J-POWER and Sumitomo Corporation, who will form a joint-venture to produce clean hydrogen via extraction from Latrobe Valley coal with carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS) in the Bass Strait.  Read their statement here

The other is Japan Suiso Energy (JSE), comprised of Kawasaki Heavy Industries and Iwatani Corporation, who will purchase clean hydrogen from the J-POWER/Sumitomo Corporation project and will be responsible for liquefaction at the Port of Hastings and trans-oceanic shipment from Victoria to Japan. ​Read their statement here.

At a potential future scale of 225,000 tonnes per year, the HESC Project has the potential to reduce global CO2 emissions by 1.8 million tonnes/year, equivalent to taking approximately 350,000 petrol engine cars off the road and create about 1,000 jobs per year in Victoria ​

For more information on hydrogen liquefaction and transportation, please visit https://www.japansuisoenergy.com/en/.

All news and updates will continue to be published on this website and enquiries can be sent to [email protected]. ​

Urgent Emissions Reductions

Urgent Emissions Reductions

In a commercial phase, HESC will reduce global CO2 emissions by 1.8 million tonnes per year, the equivalent of taking 350,000 cars off the road.

An Advanced Hydrogen Project

An Advanced Hydrogen Project

HESC is Australia’s most advanced hydrogen project; and the first project in the world to make, liquefy and transport liquid hydrogen by sea to an international market.



In a commercial phase, HESC could create 30,000 jobs in the Latrobe Valley and Mornington Peninsula regions.

HESC’S Vision

The world-first Hydrogen Energy Supply Chain (HESC) Project aims to safely produce and transport clean liquid hydrogen from Australia’s Latrobe Valley in Victoria to Kobe in Japan.

The project has the potential to be a game-changer – providing an innovative, economically viable and environmentally conscious solution to producing clean hydrogen safely, through gasification of coal with carbon capture and storage (CCS).

Latest News

See the latest from HESC. Subscribe to our newsletter and we’ll keep your inbox informed of project updates!

Response to The Guardian’s HESC article published April 11, 2023

Japan Suiso Energy (JSE) and the J-Power-Sumitomo JV (JPSC-JV) provide the following response to an article by Peter Hannam in The Guardian on April 11, 2023. InvestmentThe HESC project will bring significant inbound investment into the State of Victoria.The Japanese Government has committed AU$2.35 billion (JPY220 billion) to financially support this world’s first clean liquefied…

Carbon capture utilisation and storage works

In an interview with the Gippsland Times, Dr Matthias Raab, chief executive of the CO2CRC – Australia’s leading research body for Carbon Capture, Utilisation and Storage (CCUS) said that the process of CCUS is not theory up for debate, it has been a proven practice since the 1970s. For more than a decade, the CO2CRC…

Get in touch with HESC

We would love to hear from you, so please feel free to contact us with any questions or comments.