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The facility is expected to supply hydrogen fuel onsite to bus operators transitioning their fleet from diesel to zero-emission vehicles.

By Shardul Sharma

Sydney-listed Lion Energy has completed the initial front-end engineering and design (Feed) for its first commercial-scale hydrogen production and refuelling station in Australia, with a focus on Queensland and New South Wales, it said on September 19.

The facility is designed to produce and dispense 430kg/day of hydrogen, with allowance for capacity growth in the future. Lion expects the facility to start hydrogen production by the fourth quarter of 2023, with a complete handover by early 2024.

The facility is expected to supply hydrogen fuel onsite to bus operators transitioning their fleet from diesel to zero-emission vehicles. The project capex is estimated at $12mn, Lion said.

The company said it is now in advanced discussions with key vendors and expected to finalize procurement within the next few months. In parallel, Lion is negotiating with a shortlist of landowners to select and secure the location for this initial facility.