A port in New South Wales has been named a finalist for the Port of the Future award at the upcoming World Hydrogen Awards, which recognises the achievements of ports and organisations driving the hydrogen industry forward.

The Port of Newcastle’s work towards activating and enabling hydrogen production has been recognised amongst global peers and is set to be recognised at the awards, held in the Netherlands in May 2023. 

The awards, which will be held during the 2023 World Hydrogen Summit and Exhibition, recognises the achievements from ports and organisations across the globe who are driving the hydrogen industry forward, with Port of Newcastle one of four finalists recognised alongside ports from Denmark and the Netherlands.

As the Federal Government’s designated hydrogen hub for New South Wales, Port of Newcastle has been accelerating plans following the 2022 funding announcement of $100 million from the Federal Government for hydrogen readiness for domestic decarbonisation and export.

Port of Newcastle CEO, Craig Carmody, said that this nomination is recognition for the work and commitment the organisation has to diversifying the Port.

“We have long held the title of the ‘World’s Largest Coal Port’, however, as a business we have made a commitment to diversify our trade, with clean energy production featuring prominently in those plans,” Mr Carmody said.

“This award nomination places us alongside some of the world’s most innovative and forward-thinking ports, which shows the world is taking notice of what our intent is and what we are trying to achieve.

“There is no port in Australia better positioned to undertake such a significant global shift in energy production, Port of Newcastle has been exporting to energy markets across the globe for over 200 years and through the Clean Energy Precinct we will continue that for generations to come.”

Port of Newcastle’s future plans include activating its 220h Clean Energy Precinct for the production, storage and export of all forms of clean energy, a clean manufacturing and innovation precinct, a dedicated renewable energy logistics park and a floating offshore wind construction, operation and maintenance facility. 

Feature image: Port of Newcastle. Provided by Port of Newcastle.

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  1. Neil Murray 1 year ago

    Where will the litre of drinking water required for one kilogram of hydrogen come from considering the shortage of water in this country

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