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Feb 19, 2019

Her Excellency Dr Anna Prinz, with Murujuga Land and Sea Unit Ranger Coordinator Patrick Churnside and Ranger Conrad Aubrey at Deep Gorge. Picture: Pilbara Development Commission

The Pilbara Development Commission was delighted to co-host a visit to Karratha and the Burrup by the German Ambassador to Australia, her Excellency Dr Anna Prinz on Tuesday 19 February 2019.

Ambassador Prinz and her guests visited to gain an understanding of the opportunities for producing hydrogen in the Pilbara.

The Ambassador spent a full day in the City of Karratha beginning with visiting sites on the Burrup with the Murujuga Aboriginal Corporation.

The Ambassador also met with representatives of the City of Karratha and visited Woodside Energy Limited’s Karratha Gas Plant and Yara Pilbara’s Technical Ammonium Nitrate plant. Both companies are investigating future opportunities to produce hydrogen from their current operations.

The visit was arranged by the State Government through the Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation and was supported by the Pilbara Development Commission.

Pilbara Development Commission Acting Chief Executive Officer Trish Barron said it was significant that the Ambassador had chosen to spend one of the three days of her WA visit in the Pilbara.

“The State Government has identified the Pilbara as a hub for the emerging hydrogen industry due to its solar and land resources, port infrastructure and proximity to Asian markets," Ms Barron said.

"The Ambassador’s visit is important as it reflects a global level of awareness of the Pilbara’s potential for renewable energy and hydrogen development.

"The visit is also timely given the State Government, Pilbara industries and the City of Karratha current focus and leadership in renewables.”


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