The project, named Evergreen, will be supported by approximately 14 GW of solar and wind generation, making it a significant player in the renewable energy landscape. CIP Australia’s Vice President, Matthew Stuchbery, confirmed that the company intends to invest around AUD 30 billion (USD 20 billion/EUR 18.5 billion) into the venture.
Under the proposed plan, the complex will comprise 10 GW of onshore wind farms, consisting of approximately 1,600 turbines, and 4 GW of solar photovoltaic (PV) parks. The electricity generated from these sources will power 7 GW of electrolyzers, which will produce green hydrogen. The project aims to establish this extensive capacity within the region situated between the Spencer Gulf and the Great Australian Bight, with the Gawler Ranges to the north.
The Whyalla city area will be a focal point for the hydrogen component of the project, as CIP competes for space alongside other major players such as Fortescue and TotalEnergies. CIP plans to secure off-take agreements for the hydrogen output and anticipates making a final investment decision in 2028.
This ambitious initiative is part of CIP’s 30 GW project development pipeline in Australia and aligns with the country’s goal of becoming a global leader in hydrogen production by 2030. In May, the Australian government announced AUD 2 billion in funding for a new scheme aimed at supporting flagship projects that could collectively deliver up to 1 GW of green hydrogen electrolyzer capacity.