Miriam Vale selected as location for new hydrogen hub

Estate Energy spokesman Simon Vincent, Chris Baker, Sunshine Hydro Chair Michael Myer and Acting mayor Kahn Goodluck

Eilish Massie

Miriam Vale has been chosen as the location for a new green hydrogen project, which is expected to create more than 500 jobs.

Brisbane-based renewable energy company, Sunshine Hydro, launched their $2 billion ‘Flavian’ pumped hydro and green hydrogen project in Gladstone on Wednesday.

‘Flavian’ pumped hydropower, which will be located within the Central Queensland Renewable Energy Zone, will generate reliable energy to the grid from 2028, along with green hydrogen production.

The project will power 600,000 homes and 1,000 heavy trucks with green hydrogen to help decarbonise the Queensland economy.

Sunshine Hydro chairman Michael Myer said the project would be one of the world’s most sustainable renewable energy projects, with extensive conservation and biodiversity outcomes across the site.

“Our unique green hydropower system will provide highly reliable renewable energy to power the equivalent of 600,000 homes to “keep the lights on” while generating 500 new jobs in the green economy,” Mr Myers said.

Mr Myer said the project had a unique green hydropower system which selected a mix of energy inputs, outputs, and storage, calling it a ‘superhybrid’.

“The ‘Flavian’ project site near Miriam Vale, has ideal topography for the world’s first integrated pumped hydropower and green hydrogen project of this type,” he said.

“In addition to securing suitable land, we are proudly partnering with Energy Estate, an Australian renewable energy and green hydrogen developer, to co-develop and provide green energy to power the Flavian project.

“We have put in place valuable partnerships with Burnett Mary Regional Group BMRG, and the traditional owners, the Gidarjil Development Corporation.”

Gladstone Regional Council Acting Mayor Kahn Goodluck welcomed Sunshine Hydro’s announcement, stating that it was another tick of approval for the region’s journey to become the nation’s leader in renewable energy.

“It’s fantastic to hear Sunshine Hydro will apply their exciting technology within our region,” Councillor Goodluck said.

With land secured, the project will abate on average 4 million tonnes of carbon p.a., which is around 2.5 per cent of Queensland’s current level of annual carbon emissions.

Planning has commenced with a final investment decision targeted for 2025 and energy production from 2028.