Green hydrogen deal for Edify boosts Townsville nickel project

Queensland Pacific Metals has struck a hydrogen supply deal with Edify Energy for the planned nickel refinery in Townsville.

Nov 29, 2021, updated Nov 29, 2021
Edify Energy's John Cole

Edify Energy's John Cole

Edify has development approvals to build a green hydrogen production plant of up to 1 gigawatt as well as behind-the-meter solar power and battery storage at the Lansdown eco-industrial predinct in Townsville.

QPM is developing a refinery, or TECH project, in the city that will produce nickel-cobalt hydroxide precipitate, which will be refined into battery grade nickel sulfate and cobalt sulfate.

Under the terms of the memorandum of understanding Edify would supply 100,000 gigajoules-equivalent of green hydrogen a year as well as oxygen gas and waste water.

The deal, if completed, would give Edify a baseload customer.

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QPM managing director Stephen Grocott said the agreement was a chance to enhance the green credentials of the TECH project.

Edify chief executive John Cole said the agreement was an example of how a decarbonised and advanced manufacturing ecosystem could be realised.

“We think it creates a blueprint locally and more broadly across the region,” he said.

“The green credentials ambition of the TECH project are admirable and a sign of zero emissions supply chain model that all exporters will need to transition towards.”

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