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Old Coal Plants in Australia Are Becoming Clean Energy Hubs

  • Mining billionaire Forrest to team with AGL on hydrogen plans
  • Coal accounts for around 60% of nation’s power generation
The Liddell coal fired power plant.
The Liddell coal fired power plant.Photography: Perry Williams/Bloomberg

The push to convert Australia’s aging fleet of coal-fired power plants into clean energy production hubs is gaining more momentum.  

Fortescue Metals Group Ltd.’s green investment arm and AGL Energy Ltd. will conduct a feasibility study over the next 12 months on repurposing two facilities in the Hunter Valley region of New South Wales, seeking to produce 30,000 tons of hydrogen a year using renewable energy sources.