Keppel, a Singapore-based infrastructure firm, has announced its participation in two green hydrogen and ammonia projects in Australia. In order to produce green hydrogen in Queensland, Australia, Keppel has joined the CQ-H2 hydrogen project partnership. As part of the project, 640 MW of electrolytic capacity will be built to create hydrogen for industrial uses. The partnership anticipates starting hydrogen production in 2028 with a target production rate of 200 tonnes per day (tpd), followed by further scale-ups to 800 tpd in 2031.
Keppel has also signed a memorandum of understanding with chemical company Incitec Pivot to build a green ammonia project in Queensland. The ammonia produced will be used in Australia and exported across Asia. The project will utilise hydrogen from the CQ-H2 project for its output. An initial MoU was signed between the two companies in 2021 to conduct a feasibility study for the project. The combined ammonia production and export facility will produce 850,000 tonnes of ammonia per annum (tpa). The chemical company is the largest supplier of fertiliser, of which ammonia can be a key component, in the east of Australia.
In July 2022, Keppel Energy Nexus piloted a nearshore floating solar photovoltaic (PV) system based on membranes on Jurong Island in Singapore. The company launched the pilot after receiving funding from the JTC and Singapore’s Energy Market Authority. The membrane-based PV system can harness solar power amid rough sea conditions, in contrast to Singapore’s conventional floating PV systems that are installed in calmer waters.