Exciting Collie project set to be taken to national conference

Stuart McGuckinSouth Western Times
Collie Synfuels managing director Costa Tsesmelis with Collie-Preston MLA Mick Murray at Parliament House.
Camera IconCollie Synfuels managing director Costa Tsesmelis with Collie-Preston MLA Mick Murray at Parliament House.

A project with the potential to create new opportunities for industry in Collie will bring further attention to the town in March.

Collie Synfuels managing director Costa Tsesmelis will attend a national conference to discuss a plan to use coal to make premium hydrogen and synthetic diesel.

The inaugural Australian Hydrogen Energy Summit will examine the commercialisation of hydrogen technology for the country’s energy future.

The project could in the future see commercial quantities of hydrogen transported to WA to power hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.

“Collie has abundant good quality coal that can be used as a feedstock for coal gasification that can provide a myriad of value-add products,” Mr Tsesmelis said.

“The coal is there — it’s a tremendous resource.

“We want to provide jobs and a plant like this would be an incredible boost to jobs.”

The project received $100,000 to undertake feasibility studies as part of the first round of Collie Futures Small Grants Program announcements in September.

Collie-Preston MLA Mick Murray said he was pleased the project was gaining traction.

“I’m proud to see this funding effectively taking projects to the next level, diversifying the local economy and contributing to Collie’s future through the generation of new opportunities,” Mr Murray said.

“I’m excited to see this project taking form with Collie Synfuels’ vision one that will benefit Collie and WA.

“By backing projects like this one that will diversify and strengthen the economy, we aim to create a broader range of jobs for local people.”

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