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Hydrogen = Opportunities

If you haven’t heard about the Hydrogen Opportunity for Northern Tasmania, you may well be living under a rock! The investment opportunities and the long term economic benefits accruing to Northern Tasmania are not to be ignored.

You may recall we hosted a breakfast just before Christmas with NTDC on the same topic.  It was enthusiastically supported by members and non-members alike, especially the Premier and Energy Minister. Yesterday, we co-hosted a very successful Hydrogen lunch with the Bell Bay Advanced Manufacturing Zone at Platinum Chamber member Country Club [link]. The Federal Minister for Energy Angus Taylor MP and State Energy Minister Guy Barnett MP outlined some of the opportunities that lay ahead and the future is indeed rosy, but with a decided green hue. There’s the USP.. Tasmanian Hydrogen is ‘green’ hydrogen made from 100% renewable energy and so deemed a more desirable product. Mr Taylor elaborated on the principal opportunities for Tasmania’s production of  ‘green & clean’ Hydrogen:

  • Using a green H2 (hydrogen) source in the metals processing industry, converting H2 to NH3 (ammonia) for use as a fuel and as a cost effective way to transport H2.
  • Future global demand for NH3 is as a shipping energy source that is low to no emission.
  • Local opportunities arising from use of H2 and its downstream derivatives for  fuel cell manufacture and the eventual use as a vehicle energy source.

A key point he made is the importance of innovation in driving technological improvements and a decarbonisation of the economy rather than price impediments. That is by encouraging technical innovation rather than simply imposing taxes on old models.

Of the 5 principal approved proponents, at least 2 of them are a long way down the path of feasibility studies towards investment decision; and at least one of them is readying to commence community engagement with construction trades very soon… be assured the Chamber is keeping a focus on this important opportunity and working with BBAMZ, NTDC and the proponents themselves to ensure we maximise every opportunity for Northern Tasmania.

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Chamber Media release 24th July 2017: Time to Tackle Tamar Troubles

The Tamar River and its surrounding landscapes are one of northern Tasmania’s iconic natural assets. Wines from the Tamar are world renowned; fruit has been grown along the river for generations; and there has been growing interest and investment in tourism that takes advantage of this beautiful setting.


Yet the Tamar estuary has been neglected for years, while passing the buck about its appalling state has become a spectator sport.
The Chamber therefore welcomes the establishment of the new Tamar Estuary Management Taskforce, as part of the Launceston City Deal.
Over the weekend, the state government announced members of the Taskforce, which include representatives of local governments responsible for Tamar catchment areas, the Launceston Flood Authority, the EPA and and NRM North. It will be chaired by Infrastructure Tasmania chief executive officer, Alan Garcia.


As its first priority, the Taskforce has been asked to identify the most effective solutions to the problem of raw sewerage flowing into the Tamar during high rainfall events. It will also be required to recommend priority investments and actions, and propose future ongoing governance arrangements for the estuary.


Taskforce recommendations will become part of the River Health Action Plan, which is scheduled to be completed by the end of this calendar year. The plan will be evidence- based, and will contain actions based on science and engineering solutions to improve the health of the Tamar Estuary.
The Tasmanian brand is firmly based on our clean and green reputation. Yet in many respects we do not walk the talk. This long-overdue focus on the Tamar will deliver solutions that ensure we deliver on that promise.
The Chamber looks forward to working with the Taskforce to restore the Tamar Estuary to an environment we can once again be proud of.

Media Contact: Jan Davis, 0409 004 228
24th July 2017

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