Port Kembla is an "ideal location" for hydrogen production, according to a Wollongong City Council submission to a NSW parliamentary panel.
The Standing Committee on State Development is holding an inquiry into the establishment of a hydrogen industry in NSW.
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A council submission looked to put forward Port Kembla as a location for large-scale hydrogen production.
The submission pointed out the port's advantages, including access to renewable energy and recycled water as well as its proximity to the industrial sector and road and rail networks.
"Wollongong is envisaged to play a key role in Australia's decarbonised energy future, with Port Kembla indentified as a superior location for Australia's first large-scale hydrogen facility," the submission stated.
It also highlighted state government plans to create a five-gigawatt hydrogen hub at Port Kembla and car maker H2X's decision to build a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle manufacturing facility there.
The submission also touted the council's environmental credentials, noting that in 2019 it declared a state of climate emergency and set a net zero emissions target of 2030.
"Port Kembla's major industrial seaport, our international trade links and partnerships with innovative industries and university organisations, makes Wollongong an ideal location to invest in hydrogen production," Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery said.
"We want to make sure that Wollongong is a healthy and sustainable city into the future.
"The inquiry gives us an opportunity to demonstrate our ambition to become a leader in clean energy production within Australia."
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