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BOC and bp to build Australia’s first hydrogen refueling station

BOC and bp to build Australia’s first hydrogen refueling station
An artist's rendering of a hydrogen refueling station (image courtesy BOC).

In Australia, gas and engineering company BOC Ltd, a Linde plc company, and bp Australia, part of global energy super-major bp plc, have announced a new agreement to build a hydrogen refueling station at the bp Truckstop in Lytton, Queensland (QLD).

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According to a statement, it will be the first service station in Australia with hydrogen refueling capability. The Queensland Government’s current fleet of five hydrogen-powered Hyundai NEXOs will be the first to use the new refueller to be opened later in the year.

BOC will supply and install the state-of-the-art Linde hydrogen refueling station. It will dispense green hydrogen produced by BOC at its Bulwer Island production site, just 10 minutes from the bp Truckstop in Lytton.

The green hydrogen will be produced by a 220 kW electrolyzer powered by solar energy generated onsite.

John Evans, Managing Director of BOC South Pacific said the partnership with bp Australia was an important step forward in developing a hydrogen refuelling service station network in Queensland.

BOC is committed to supporting the development of hydrogen as a zero-emissions fuel and decarbonizing the transport sector in Australia. Working closely with our partner bp we will demonstrate how state-of-the-art hydrogen refueling stations can be safely integrated into the existing service station network, paving the way for more infrastructure to facilitate hydrogen trucks and buses. We look forward to opening this facility to the public in the future, and working with our project partners ARENA, the Queensland Government, and bp to showcase a world-class end-to-end green hydrogen production, storage, supply, and refuelling solution, said John Evans.

bp is proud to be partnering with BOC and the Queensland Government in the development of Australia’s first green hydrogen refueller on an existing service station. Hydrogen will play an important part in the future energy and mobility mix, and partnerships – such as this one between the Government, BOC, and bp – will be essential in decarbonizing industry and transport. bp has extensive industrial experience with hydrogen and is now linking that with our expertise in supplying energy to the world, creating end-to-end offers and decarbonization solutions for our customers. We are excited to be developing and deploying innovative offers that meet the changing mobility needs of our customers today and for the future, said Frédéric Baudry, President of bp Australia and SVP Fuels and Low-Carbon Solutions, Asia Pacific.

Minister for Energy, Renewables, and Hydrogen Mick De Brenni said it was critical that locally made fuel continued to be available to power the heavy transport sector as it moved to lower its emissions and looked forward to supporting more green hydrogen initiatives from traditional fuel suppliers.

The importance of this for our economic future cannot be overstated because this is another link in the supply chain, ensuring Queensland cements its status as a global force in the hydrogen industry. From hydrogen-powered trucks and coaches to trains and marine vessels, we are exploring every opportunity to capitalize on the opportunities of Queensland’s energy transformation., said Minister de Brenni.

The hydrogen refuelling station will have the capacity to refill a hydrogen car in 3-5 minutes and will in the future be made available to drivers with a bp plus card who register with bp for access to the supply of hydrogen.

Linde has installed over 200 hydrogen refueling stations globally and successfully completed the hydrogen refueling of over 1.5 million cars, buses, and forklifts.

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