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Worley awarded FEED contract for Bell Bay Powerfuels project

Worley awarded FEED contract for Bell Bay Powerfuels project
Dean Comrie (left) CEO, pitt&sherry;  Mark Accadia, Location Director for Australia East, PNG & Mongolia, Worley;  Rhys Tucker, CTO, ABEL Energy; and Andrea Hosey, Managing Consultant Chemicals and Fuels, Worley Consulting (photo courtesy ABEL Energy).

In Australia, green hydrogen and methanol project developer ABEL Energy Pty Ltd has announced that it has selected compatriot global engineering consultancy provider Worley Ltd for the front-end engineering design (FEED) of the Bell Bay Powerfuels project in Northern Tasmania (TAS).

Worley is a professional services company of energy, chemicals, and resources experts helping customers shift their operations towards a more sustainable future.

Worley’s scope includes multi-discipline engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) services to support the project through to a successful final investment decision (FID).

Worley will complement their significant in-house capability by collaborating with local Tasmania-based engineering company pitt&sherry, to provide a best-for-project solution harnessing local experience in key project activities.

They will work in close collaboration with ABEL Energy to deliver a project that presents a significant step towards reaching Australia’s energy transition goals.

We are very pleased to have appointed Worley and pitt&sherry to deliver the Front-End Engineering Design for our flagship project. We already have a strong and collaborative working relationship and we have every confidence that together we will deliver an exceptional project, said Rhys Tucker, CTO at ABEL Energy.

Proven global capabilities

Worley and pitt&sherry will bring together proven project delivery capability, a construction-led approach, together with global experience across the entire carbon-neutral methanol value chain to de-risk and deliver the Bell Bay Powerfuels Project.

pitt&sherry is proud to continue our support of ABEL Energy’s Bell Bay Powerfuels Project. Working with Worley on this important next stage of the project will see our combined capabilities help accelerate the energy transition and the future of emerging fuels, a key pillar in our strategic delivery to the energy sector, said Dean Comrie, CEO at pitt&sherry.

The FEED is expected to run for 12 months.

With a history of delivering in Bell Bay for almost 30 years, leading this next critical phase of ABEL Energy’s Bell Bay Powerfuels Project is a great example of building on our past to help deliver a lower carbon future.  We look forward to applying Worley’s global expertise across the entire e-methanol value chain to support this flagship project. Together with ABEL and pitt&sherry, we’re excited to progress sustainable change across hard-to-abate industries, said Mark Accadia, Location Director for Australia East, PNG & Mongolia at Worley.

Green methanol for shipping

The Bell Bay Powerfuels Project is scheduled to commence production of green hydrogen by 2028. The hydrogen is mainly to be used as an input for 300,000 tonnes of green methanol per year for the shipping industry.

Global shipping companies like AP Møller – Maersk and CMA CGM are ordering large new container ships capable of running on green methanol so that they can reduce the greenhouse gas (GHG) intensity of their cargo businesses.

Using green methanol from Bell Bay as a fuel will enable them to avoid emitting over 540,000 tonnes per year of fossil fuel-derived carbon dioxide (CO2) into the atmosphere.

The process will use 240 MW of water electrolysis to produce green hydrogen. This hydrogen is combined with carbon from a sustainable biomass source to produce green electro-methanol (e-methanol).

As well as being a clean shipping fuel, e-methanol can also be used as a building block for green chemicals and sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).

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