Five energy and low-emissions projects have been highlighted for $218 million in spending across parts of SA, in the lead up to the election.
Industry, Energy and Emissions Reduction Angus Taylor was in Whyalla yesterday with Grey MP Rowan Ramsey to announce the committment.
The projects will encompass clean hydrogen, carbon capture, solar thermal and low emission cement manufacturing applications.
Among the committment is up to $70m for the SA governments, $146.5m Port Bonython Hydrogen Hub Activation; up to $3m for the $13.1m Santos Limited's Moomba Clean Hydrogen Front End Engineering Design project; up to $15m in Santos Limited's Lower Cost Carbon Capture Development and Demonstration Project, with a total project value of $85 million, at Moomba.
There is also up to $110m in concessional finance, for Vast Solar's 20MW concentrated solar thermal power demonstration project at Port Augusta and up to $20m for Hallett Construction Materials, under the Modern Manufacturing Initiative, for its $109m project to build an integrated green cement business across the Whyalla, Port Augusta and Port Adelaide facilities.
"This brace of announcements is terrific news for Whyalla and the Upper Spencer Gulf clean energy after the uncertain times of the last few years," Mr Ramsey said.
"The Upper Spencer Gulf has outstanding potential to become a first class clean energy production and the established programs the government has in place have been instrumental in drawing the private investment necessary to establish these projects off the ground.
"We have all been eagerly awaiting the announcement on the Hydrogen Hub and the further advancement of the potential for carbon capture and storage.
"We have one of the best sites in the world and the establishment of Solar Thermal project is truly exciting news as is the project to establish low emissions cement manufacturing."
Whyalla City Council Mayor Clare McLaughlin welcomed the news.
"This announcement cements Whyalla as the nation's hydrogen capital," she said.
"We now have confirmed, funded projects at the federal and state level - as well as the private sector - representing a major investment and thousands of new jobs for our region."
Mayor McLaughlin said these projects were critical for the long-term prosperity of the city.
"These hydrogen projects will be game-changing for Whyalla, providing long-awaited diversification for our economy; increasing our population; giving us a far more stable, secure future; while putting us on the map as a global leader in low-emissions industry," she said.
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