Industrial Processes

Hydrogen Energy Supply Chain Project

Australia, VIC

The Hydrogen Energy Supply Chain (HESC) project is a world-first pilot project with the goal of safely and efficiently converting locally produced clean hydrogen for international transport. Lycopodium is contributing to the project by assisting with the mechanical installation of proprietary equipment during construction of the Hydrogen Liquefaction & Loading Terminal.

Located at the Port of Hastings on Melbourne’s Mornington Peninsula, the facility will convert hydrogen gas – sourced from brown coal in the nearby Latrobe Valley – to liquid hydrogen for the purpose of transportation to Japan via the world’s first specialised marine carrier. The pilot phase facility is expected to be operated from 2020 to 2021, followed by a decision later in the decade on whether to proceed to a commercial phase.

Hydrogen Liquefaction & Loading Terminal (HLLT) phase

Lycopodium is contributing to the project by assisting ICON (principal construction partner to Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI)) with the mechanical installation of proprietary equipment during construction of the Hydrogen Liquefaction & Loading Terminal. Announced in
July, 2019, construction at the Port of Hastings facility is underway and includes building and mechanical installation of a liquefaction facility and storage container.

The Lycopodium scope encompasses the installation of unit operations including piping skids, compressors, chiller, hydrogen liquefaction equipment, tanks, vessels and vent stacks. The scope includes completing the required KHI QA/ITP documentation requirements which impose strict installation specifications and tolerances.
Preliminary works began in November 2019 with onsite installation commencing the following month and expected to progress until April/May of 2020 before pre-commissioning activity can begin, ahead of a target operating period within 2020 to 2021.

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