Delivering on Western Australia's 2030 hydrogen ambition

Delivering on Western Australia's 2030 hydrogen ambition

Apr 28
With Federal and State strategies to develop a renewable hydrogen industry in place, we ask what the next vital steps are to develop the industry in Western Australia.
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The Hon. Alannah MacTiernan MLC, WA Minister for Regional Development; Agriculture and Food; Hydrogen Industry
Jason Crusan, Vice President Technology, Woodside Energy
Russell James, General Manager, Business Development West, ATCO
Joep Vaessen, Business Group Leader, Power Engineering, GHD

Event Overview

The Western Australian Government has a goal to grow WA’s market share in global hydrogen exports by 2030 to a level similar to LNG today. If WA is to capture the opportunities from expected growth in global demand for renewable hydrogen over coming decades, it will need to combine its competitive advantages in resources with the right policy settings, investments, and disciplined execution.

As Western Australia looks to become a key player in new energy technologies we consider:
  • The future of hydrogen as a domestic fuel source and export industry in Western Australia – when, and what is required?
  • How developing hydrogen can enhance the State’s economic diversity and create long term job opportunities for Western Australians; and
  • How this opportunity can contribute to emissions reduction goals and accelerate the transition to a lower carbon future.


Meet the keynote speaker

The Hon. Alannah MacTiernan MLC
WA Minister for Regional Development; Agriculture and Food; Hydrogen Industry

Alannah served in the State Parliament from 1993 to 2010. In 2011 she was elected Mayor of the City of Vincent and in 2013 was elected as the Member for Perth to the Federal Parliament, where she became Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Western Australia and Deputy Chair of the Joint Standing Committee on Northern Australia. She did not recontest the seat of Perth in 2016 and was invited to re-join WA Labor in the Legislative Council. After being elected in 2017, she was appointed Minister for Regional Development and Agriculture and Food and Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development. Following the March 2021 election win, Alannah retained the Regional Development, and Agriculture and Food portfolios, adding responsibility for Hydrogen Industry.

Meet the panel

Jason Crusan
Vice President Technology, Woodside Energy

Jason has more than 20 years' experience in leveraging industry, academia and government partnerships to accelerate technology advancements across multiple industries, Before joining Woodside in 2019, Jason worked for the United States' National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), primarily in human spaceflight. 

Russell James
General Manager, Business Development West, ATCO

Russell is experienced in the delivery of small to large scale energy and utility infrastructure projects and has extensive knowledge of gas and energy markets, pricing, and regulations. Over the last four years he has led or played a key role in all ATCO's hydrogen related activities, including development of the Clean Energy Innovation Hub, conceptualising and sourcing funding for Hydrogen Vehicle Refuelling station, and the feasibility work for the proposed Clean Energy Innovation Park - a commercial scale renewable hydrogen production project. 

Joep Vaessen
Business Group Leader, Power Engineering, GHD

Joep is a future energy leader with an extensive background in power infrastructure, and renewable energy projects, globally. He is currently involved in delivering several hydrogen projects including concept design, feasibility studies and costings for the operation of commercial scale hydrogen production plants using electrolysis technology to produce ‘green’ hydrogen gas.

Meet the facilitator

Craig Shepherd
Partner, Infrastructure and Capital Projects, PwC

Craig is an infrastructure and property expert with extensive experience across the private and public sectors. As PwC's WA Lead for its Infrastructure and Capital Projects business, Craig provides advisory, strategy and delivery leadership for a mix of government and private clients with a focus on infrastructure, property and capital projects. He is passionate about facilitating high quality projects and innovations in the built environment across the commercial, industrial, resources, residential, social and infrastructure sectors.

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