The Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation is driving the State Government’s focus on a renewable hydrogen industry for Western Australia.

Renewable Hydrogen is an emerging industry that will play an important part in the State’s energy future.

The WA Renewable Hydrogen Strategy sets out the State Government’s strategic areas of focus for the development of the industry in Western Australia.

The strategy aims to harness Western Australia's comparative advantages which include world-class renewable energy resources, vast land mass and proud history of exporting energy to international markets.

Oakajee Strategic Industrial Area – Call for Expressions of Interest

A significant opportunity within Western Australia’s unique renewable hydrogen landscape is the Oakajee Strategic Industrial Area (Oakajee SIA) located 435km north of Western Australia’s capital city, Perth.

The Western Australian Government intends to transform this greenfields site into a globally competitive, multi-product renewable hydrogen industrial precinct.

The area has already received attention from forward thinking organisations that see the potential this region provides. 

The government is calling for Expressions of Interest from organisations across the world to identify the infrastructure requirements, operational frameworks and interested parties to activate Oakajee as a premium location to establish a hydrogen project.

The Expression of Interest guidelines and submission form is available on the Oakajee Renewable Hydrogen EOI page. 

WA Renewable Hydrogen Fund

In September 2019, the State Government launched a $10 million Renewable Hydrogen Fund to drive a new job-creating industry harnessing the State’s renewable resources. Applicants could apply for grants through a competitive process for feasibility studies and demonstration/capital works projects.

On 17 August 2020, the Premier announced several successful capital works projects as part of the WA Recovery Plan. 



Strategic Focus Area

Capital Works Project

Grant amount


ATCO Gas Australia Pty Ltd



Hydrogen Refueller Station Project


Fortescue Hydrogen Pty Ltd


Transport and Remote applications

Christmas Creek Renewable Hydrogen Mobility Project


Horizon Power


Remote applications

Denham Hydrogen Microgrid Demonstration Project


On 8 January 2020, the State government announced seven successful feasibility studies. 



Strategic Focus Area

Feasibility Study

Grant amount

ATCO Australia Pty Ltd

Great Southern or Wheatbelt

Transport and Blending in natural gas networks

Clean Energy Innovation Park

Feasibility study for a 10 MW electrolysis hydrogen production plant.


City of Cockburn



Green Hydrogen for City of Cockburn

Feasibility study for solar hydrogen production for waste collection and light vehicle fleets. Study also examines cogeneration opportunities for electricity and heat production.


DBNGP (WA) Nominees Pty Ltd

Pilbara, Mid West, Metro and Peel

Blending in natural gas networks

Preparing the Dampier to Bunbury Natural Gas Pipeline for Hydrogen

Feasibility study examining the compatibility of the transmission pipeline with blended hydrogen, includes preparing a roadmap for development of regulations for hydrogen blended gas in WA.


Energy Developments Limited

Goldfields-Esperance and Kimberley

Remote applications

Hyer Penetration - EDL Hydrogen Enabled Hybrid Renewables

Feasibility study for the integration of renewable hydrogen production with isolated power stations.


Hazer Group Limited



Renewable Hydrogen Transport Hub in the City of Mandurah

Feasibility study for a hydrogen refuelling infrastructure hub and associated transport applications.



Murdoch University


Remote applications

Hybrid PV-Battery-Hydrogen System for Microgrids

Feasibility study for 100% renewable energy standalone power system for an indigenous community in the Pilbara. Study includes development of a new modelling tool to optimise design.


Pacific Hydro Australia Developments Pty Ltd


Export, Transport and Remote applications

Ord Hydrogen

Feasibility study for hydrogen production facility near Kununurra utilising existing hydro generation.






Totals (GST exc)


Renewable Hydrogen and the WA Recovery Plan

As part of the Western Australian Recovery Plan, the State government will boost the Western Australia’s hydrogen industry through a number of initiatives:

  • $3 million to undertake legal work to meet commitments made under the COAG Energy Council.
  • $2.7 million to expand the Renewable Hydrogen Unit in the Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation.
  • $1 million towards identifying suitable locations in Western Australia for hydrogen storage.
  • $1 million towards developing a detailed supply chain model for the State that promotes hydrogen and identifies bottlenecks and limitations affecting the hydrogen export industry.
  • $600,000 to study blending hydrogen in the Western Australian gas network and related technical, economic and regulatory implications.