Sun Metals has attracted a $5 million State grant to help build North Queensland’s first renewable hydrogen facility.
State Development Minister Kate Jones said Sun Metals would build the new facility at its Townsville zinc processing plant after securing support from the $15 million Hydrogen Industry Development Fund (HIDF).
“Hydrogen has huge potential to pump millions of dollars into our economy and create jobs for workers in Townsville,” Ms Jones said.
Sun Metals chief executive officer Kiwon Park thanked the Queensland Government for its support.
“This first phase of our hydrogen project will only be the beginning of developing a substantial renewables hydrogen industry based in Townsville that we hope in the long-term will create export opportunities,” he said.
“The hydrogen project is part of Sun Metals’ long-term plans for a totally integrated operation including our zinc refinery, solar farm and other operations at Stuart.”
The project is expected to create more than 25 local jobs during construction and 12 ongoing jobs.
Member for Townsville Scott Stewart, the city’s “Hydrogen Industry Champion”, said to have the city moving on hydrogen early showed great promise for North Queensland.
“The work being done here in Townsville will give us critical information about the integration of renewable hydrogen for different applications – like the use of the renewable for heavy vehicles,” he said.