Frontier Energy’s WA Green Hydrogen feasibility study on track for Q1 2023 release

Wed 01 Feb 23, 9:00am (AEST)
Digital render of a conceptual design for a green hydrogen manufacturing plant storage solution with wind turbines featured in the background as the sun straddles the horizon
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Key Points

  • Frontier Energy continues to progress its flagship WA Green Hydrogen project
  • Frontier’s project is recognised by the WA state government as a key renewables development under decarbonisation targets
  • The company’s quarterly reported showed $13m in cash on the books to fund activities in Q1 2023

Frontier Energy (ASX:FHE) confirmed it expects to release the Definitive Feasibility Study (DFS) for its flagship WA-based Bristol Springs Green Hydrogen Project (BSGHP) in Q1 of 2023 on Tuesday. 

Offtake agreements underpinning the project are accelerating and Frontier is on track to become the first company to manufacture Green Hydrogen in WA.

Not only that, but the WA state McGowan ALP government has given the project “Lead Agency Status,” ultimately meaning the project is earmarked on the government’s books as a key instrument of decarbonisation and hydrogen targets.

Public sector and private sector recognition 

Leading hydrogen industry body Hydrogen Australia (a major organ of the Smart Energy Council) continues to progress its certification work for the BSGHP. 

Frontier also executed a collaboration agreement with privately held Waroona Energy to combine efforts at BSGHP. 

Green Hydrogen requires electricity generated from renewables, and Waroona’s solar assets will directly facilitate this. In mid-September, Frontier minted an agreement with WA utility Water Corp to provide the water needed for green hydrogen electrolysis

Through the December quarter, the Frontier also appointed former ATCO hydrogen chief Sam Lee Mohan, who Market Index interviewed late last year

The company wound up the December quarter with an impressive $13.4m in cash to progress activities in Q1 of 2023. 

Pre-Front End Engineering Design (FEED) strength 

The company’s pre-FEED report for the (BSGHP) sees capex costs at $71.7m. 

If that number seems large, consider economies of scale: Frontier expect operating costs for the hydrogen manufacturing project are to only reflect $3.69m.

Pre-FEED did not identify any meaningful barriers to the development of the project. 

Without a doubt, the findings of the BSGHP DFS are likely to be closely watched. 

FHE's six month charts at close on Tuesday
FHE's six month charts at close on Tuesday
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Jonathon Davidson

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Jonathon is a journalism graduate and avid market watcher with exposure to governance, NGO and mining environments. He was most recently hired as an oil and gas specialist for a trade publication.

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