AGL HYDROGEN FROM COAL PROPOSAL - CRIB POINT - WESTERNPORT  17 May 2018

The Federal and State Government’s announcement that hydrogen would be shipped from the Port of Hastings to Japan is unwelcome. Four industrial processes, two journeys and the wrecking of Westernport Bay by dredging and marine pests, makes this hydrogen power source for Japan definitely not clean or green. The full-blown project is unconscionable and the therefore the trial is redundant.

 Kawasaki, J Power and Iwatani have proposed to export hydrogen gas from Hastings made from Loy Yang’s brown coal. This involves: partially burning brown coal at Loy Yang, using water to scrub the CO2, CO, SO2, SO3, and CH4 produced out of the emissions and pumping it underground after finding a location and method of sequestrating first, trucking of hydrogen gas to Hastings, converting it to liquid in a new plant by freezing to below -250 degrees, building a new port to export it including massive dredging of 23 million cubic metres, shipping it to Japan and converting it back to gas in Japan.

Marine Pests would kill fish stocks.

Westernport Bay currently does not have Northern Pacific Seastar and Spartina and we do not want to see empty ships from Japan full of ballast water enter Westernport Bay. While ballast water is exchanged at sea, if one seastar remains in the hull it can produce thousands of larvae. The proposed trial threatens to bring in pests. We demand the site is monitored for years for marine pests, if a trial goes ahead and no full-blown project is begun.

Dredging would kill life in Westernport Bay.

The gas ships for the long-term proposal are of deep draught (GHD 2017) like container ships. Infrastructure Victoria ruled out Westernport Bay as an option for a container port because it would take 23 million cubic metres of dredging to build a container port at Hastings; he same amount as the channel deepening in Port Phillip Bay. Westernport’s capacity is more than ten times smaller than Port Phillip Bay’s and its seagrass could not grow to the new depths required, leading to ongoing turbidity and death. Hastings, with an average depth of 3m, cannot be a port for ships with deep draughts.

 This project is a waste of money.

Westernport Bay is worth billions every year in its healthy state, and is too precious to lose.

Latrobe Valley deserves a sustainable job creation boost, not one that is likely to be another failed project.

Our governments should suspend the spending of 100 million dollars on the trial because the full-blown project is too damaging, expensive and inefficient to consider going ahead with, and therefore the trial is redundant and not worth the threat of introducing marine pests.

 

 Westernport is no place for Industrialisation of this scale.

Westernport is no place for Industrialisation of this scale.

 

The recent announcement by the Prime Minister and Victoria Premier of the venture to convert brown coal in Gippsland into hydrogen gas for export via the Port of Hastings sadly but accurately indicates just how out of touch our political leaders are with the chemical and physical realities of our world.   Let us be clear – coal cannot be converted to hydrogen gas. The hydrogen is derived from water – not the coal. The process of “coal gasification” involves the burning of coal at high temperature and pressure with oxygen and steam to form a synthetic gas consisting primarily of hydrogen, carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide and methane, the latter three of which are all significant greenhouse gases.   We note record extreme weather events at a number of locations in Victoria over the past summer, including highest summer temperatures, highest summer rainfall, warmest summer nights and longest continuous number of days exceeding 35oC. It therefore defies comprehension why “coal gasification”, a greenhouse gas polluting process contributing to climate change would be sanctioned and supported by both Federal and State Governments. The purported future use of “carbon capture technology” in the process is hypothetical and unproven and statements regarding this technology can be interpreted as being intentionally misleading. It also defies comprehension that contemporary advances in hydrogen generation based on the non-polluting process of electrolysis utilising renewable sources of electricity are not being promoted and supported by Government. Hydrogen gas has a valuable and important future as a non-polluting, clean source of energy which, when burned, is converted to water. Surely it is time to have forward-looking Governments commit to clean, non-polluting energy production and the social, environmental and economic benefits that will arise from such a commitment.   Although our branch encourages the production and use of Hydrogen gas as a fuel produced through electrolysis using renewable energy sources, we are opposed to the production of Hydrogen through “coal gasification”. We also decry the industrialisation of Westernport Bay and the adverse environmental impacts that will inevitably follow. We therefore call upon Council to oppose the future production of Hydrogen produced through “coal gasification” and its export through the Port of Hasting

 

Impact on Food Security & Farming

Read the AGL Proposal here and note the location of the proposed pipeline through Victorias food bowl in Clyde and surrounding areas which produces Millions of Dollars of revenue and is part of our food security.

 The AGL Pipeline is heading directly through profitable food production land. Farmers are furious with the lack of consultation.

The AGL Pipeline is heading directly through profitable food production land. Farmers are furious with the lack of consultation.

Threat to Water Aquifers from proposed Carbon Sequestration in Gippsland

"The natural first picks are depleted oil and gas reservoirs," says Karsten Pruess, a hydrologist with Berkeley Lab's Earth Sciences division and a co-author of the study. The problem with this "put-it-back-where-it-comes-from" notion, however, is that combustion liberates about three-times more CO2, by volume, than the fossil fuels burned, according to Pruess. "So, even if all these old reservoirs were good targets—and not all are—the capacity available isn’t nearly enough," he concludes.

Threat to natural water aquifers