Port of Newcastle unveils clean energy partnerships

30 partnerships Clean Energy Precinct

Port of Newcastle has unveiled that 30 supporting partnerships will underpin its advancement towards the enablement of a world-class energy economy in the Hunter Region.

Chris Bowen, Minister for Climate Change and Energy attended the event where the domestic and multinational organisation partnerships were revealed. Port notes it secured a $100-million funding grant in the 2022 Federal Budget for the Clean Energy Precinct.

This once in a generation project is one of two key developments in the Port’s 2030 diversification strategy, says Port of Newcastle CEO Craig Carmody.

“Our dedicated 220-hectare Clean Energy Precinct offers the perfect platform for large scale clean energy production,” he adds.

“It will be supported by common user, open access, shared infrastructure across clean energy storage, transport, and export facilities servicing production from the Precinct itself and from right across the Hunter Region.”

Port of Newcastle’s Board Chair, Prof Roy Green, says the Port is advancing the Hunter region, the state, and Australia’s global ambitions to be a leader in clean energy.

“For several years, Port of Newcastle has pursued a strategic direction outlined in our diversification strategy to deliver a clean energy industry,” he explains.

“With today’s announcement, providing a clear path forward as to how these plans become a reality through the strength of our domestic and international partnerships.

“The Clean Energy Precinct not only supports Commonwealth and state governments clean energy targets, it forms part of a domestic and global collective – all pursuing a common goal of producing and transporting sustainable energy.”

As the Commonwealth government priority hydrogen hub in NSW, to date, Port of Newcastle has signed 15 Memoranda of Understanding agreements to support the development, storage, and export pathway enablement of a clean energy economy at Port of Newcastle.

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