Pilot Supply Chain

A fully integrated supply chain – from source to destination

The HESC Project will adopt well-developed technology already used around the world, including in Australia. It will also bring new technologies to Australia that have been exhaustively tested and successfully demonstrated in other countries, including Japan.

The pilot phase successfully demonstrated how a fully integrated hydrogen supply chain from source to destination operates. After being operational for the pilot phase, which concluded in early 2022, the facilities are now in a care and maintenance phase.

Hydrogen Production

Loy Yang, Latrobe Valley

A newly constructed hydrogen production plant located at the AGL Loy Yang Complex in the Latrobe Valley produced hydrogen gas using technologies adapted specifically for Latrobe Valley coal and biomass.

Road Transport

Latrobe Valley to Port of Hastings

Hydrogen gas was transported to a liquefaction and loading terminal at the Port of Hastings. Conventional high pressure tube trailer trucks were used in the pilot phase. A pipeline is envisaged for the commercial phase.

Liquefaction & Loading

Hastings to Kobe, Japan

During the pilot phase the hydrogen was liquefied to a very low temperature, then shipped to a new hydrogen receiving terminal in Kobe, Japan on Suiso Frontier an innovative, world first carrier specifically developed for the task. Hydrogen had never been shipped in liquid form on this scale before.

Pilot Project Locations

Latrobe Valley

Hydrogen gas was produced at a newly constructed plant located at the AGL Loy Yang Complex in the Latrobe Valley.

Port of Hastings

A newly constructed liquefaction, storage and loading facility converted hydrogen gas (H2) to liquefied hydrogen (LH2) using existing commercial technology already in use overseas. This is Australia’s fist hydrogen liquefaction facility.