bp's feasibility study, announced in May 2020, aims to help bp and the energy sector better understand the possibilities of using hydrogen to export renewable energy at scale.
Results of this study will be released to the public as part of a knowledge-sharing agreement to help progress the use of renewable hydrogen energy.
The project will include an initial investment from bp of (AUS) $2.7 million, with a further $1.7 million being funded by Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) as part of its Advancing Renewables Program. bp Australia will be supported by GHD Advisory to deliver the study.
The feasibility study will deliver a detailed techno-economic evaluation of pilot and commercial scalegreen ammonia production plants in Geraldton, Western Australia. This will include an evaluation of the different technologies and process configurations required to manufacture green hydrogen and green ammonia.
The potential pilot plant will look to produce green hydrogen, using onsite and/or grid-sourced renewable power. This will then be converted into around 20 kilo-tonnes per annum (ktpa) of greenammonia. Once developed to commercial scale, this is expected to increase to around 1,000 ktpa of green ammonia, targeted at domestic and export markets.
The commercial-scale plant would require around 1.5GW of power. This is expected to be sourced from greenfield renewable power generation, enabling the project to benefit from the advantaged solarand wind resource in the region. Lightsource bp, a 50:50 joint venture between Lightsource and bp in the funding, development and long-term management of solar projects, will provide and advise on the renewable power solutions.
The feasibility study is expected to be completed by early 2021.
The study supports bp’s ambition to become a net zero company by 2050 or sooner and to help the world get to net zero.