Fortescue Future Industries (FFI) and Incitec Pivot Limited (IPL) are currently seeking government approval to develop a Hydrogen Production Facility at Gibson Island, an industrial area of Brisbane.
If the project is approved to proceed, FFI plan to engage Powerlink to construct a new 275kV transmission line that will supply 650MW to the hydrogen facility. Planning approval for this transmission line is underway, under the Ministerial Infrastructure Designation (MID) process.
In accordance with the Queensland Minister for State Development, Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning, FFI is holding a formal consultation period for the MID Proposal until close of business on 20 November 2023. A copy of the MID Proposal can be found on the MID consultation webpage. More information on the project and the submission process is available on the FFI website.
If approved, construction of the transmission line is expected to commence in 2024.
A multi-criteria assessment of possible alignments for the new transmission line was undertaken, and a preferred transmission line corridor was identified that provided the best overall outcome across FFI’s four key criteria assessment categories: environmental, planning, technical and economic.
The proposed transmission line would extend for approximately 1.6km between Powerlink’s existing Murarrie Substation and the Gibson Island Hydrogen Production Facility.
The new 275kV transmission line will consist of eight new steel lattice towers and three poles, within an easement that will range from between 40m to 60m wide.