New Zealand prepares for hydrogen future with new national refuelling network

A new $69 million project has been given the green light in New Zealand that will see eight new hydrogen refuelling stations installed across the North and South Islands to power zero-emission trucks and commercial fleets.

The stations will be positioned at carefully selected locations along popular freight routes across the country and when ready for operation in 2021, will provide coverage for up to 95 per cent of heavy freight routes on the North Island and 82 per cent on the South Island.

The project is the first step in New Zealand’s efforts to establish a national hydrogen network that will fuel commercial and heavy-duty transport fleets while decarbonising the country’s transport sector.

According to New Zealand’s Energy and Resources Minister Megan Woods, the project is the first of numerous exciting new hydrogen expansion projects in development as New Zealand looks to become a world leader in hydrogen fuel.

“This is an exciting development that can kick start the use of hydrogen as a low-emissions transport fuel for New Zealand’s energy future,” said Woods.

“I’m delighted that as we develop our hydrogen strategy that we have such exciting hydrogen developments getting underway.

“Hydrogen is a great opportunity to decarbonise our heavy vehicle fleet and lessen our reliance on imported fuels like petroleum and diesel. It also opens us opportunities to produce hydrogen to meet our energy needs.”

The project has been kick-started by the Infrastructure Reference Group, a government-backed group of industry leaders tasked with seeking out and fast-tracking potential infrastructure projects in New Zealand, who will invest $20 million into the project.

The remaining $49 million will be provided by Hiringa Energy, New Zealand’s first green hydrogen solutions supplier who have also been selected to lead the project.

It is estimated that 50 permanent jobs will be created through the project, with a further 100 contractor and vendor jobs expected to open up during the construction phase.

Source: Mirage news | Low-emissions options for heavy transport a step closer

10 August 2020

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