Construction underway on Qld’s $20m Hydrogen Training Centre

Construction has commenced on Queensland’s $20 million Hydrogen Training Centre of Excellence at Beenleigh.

Treasurer Cameron Dick said the new facility is a key element in the Queensland Government’s strategy to fast-track the development of the hydrogen industry and ensure the State is at the forefront as the supplier of choice.

“Our Queensland Hydrogen Industry Strategy 2019-2024 is focused on developing the hydrogen industry to create jobs and is a vital part of our plan to Unite and Recover for Queensland jobs.”

According to Dick, by 2030, Queensland’s hydrogen industry could be worth an estimated $1.7 billion a year in exports, providing jobs throughout the state.

“Investing in state-of-the-art training facilities will attract new workers in the industry as well as meet projected demand from existing apprentices and tradespeople.”

Training and Skills Development Minister Di Farmer said the training centre is an investment in the future.

“The new world-class training facilities will include gas training equipment, lower carbon technology upgrades, roof-access work platforms, special hazards fire systems and state of the art training rooms.”

“We are working in partnership with the industry not-for-profit organisation, Plumbing Industry Climate Action Centre, to build the new facility at the existing training centre by June 2022.”

“Our hydrogen training investment also includes $10.6 million for a Hydrogen and Renewable Energy Training Facility at Bohle TAFE campus in Townsville, $2 million to upgrade training facilities at Gladstone State High School to prepare students for jobs in the hydrogen industry, and $17 million grant will allow Electro Group Training to deliver renewable energy skills and training.”

Energy, Renewables, and Hydrogen Minister Mick de Brenni said this project, one of four training centres worth more than $50 million, would skill up a hydrogen workforce enabling the state’s future economic development.

“Queensland’s opportunity to grow jobs in manufacturing and resources need cheaper, cleaner energy, and the future demand for hydrogen is being met as the Palaszczuk Government is ensuring Queenslanders have the skills to deliver it,” he said.

“Already, Queensland’s renewables industry is worth $8.5 billion, and with our abundance of solar and wind capacity, Queensland is the ideal candidate to produce hydrogen for domestic and international use.”

The project is expected to employ 70 apprentices during construction and support a total of 100 jobs.

Source: Queensland Government | Sod turning marks $20 million investment in future hydrogen workforce

12 February 2021

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