The developers of the massive 11GW wind and solar project proposed in the Pilbara in north-west Australia have hinted the project could get even bigger, as it eyes huge markets for green hydrogen in the Asia market.
Renew Economy is reporting the so-called Asia Renewable Energy Hub is the largest project of its type being developed in the world, and proposes to use vast tracts of land – over 7,000 square kilometres – to host an unprecedented amount of wind and solar to power local industry and international customers.
“It is currently an 11-plus gigawatt project. We can go much bigger than that,” Andrew Dickson, the project developer from CWP Renewables said.
Dickson also says the project is no longer focused on a sub-sea cable to export “green electrons” to Indonesia, and beyond, because of the huge fixed cost and complexity of the proposal.
““We may still do that in time, but towards the back end of the project. The thinking has shifted to the potential of green hydrogen and derivative products.”
The $22 billion project would create 3,000 construction jobs over a decade, and another 400 jobs to maintain and operate the facility.