The hydrogen strategy update

The hydrogen strategy update

Oct 8
Hear from Australia’s Chief Scientist, Dr Alan Finkel AO on the latest work to develop and implement a national strategy for hydrogen energy in Australia. Minister for Regional Development; Agriculture; Food and Ports, Hon. Alannah MacTiernan will provide an update on the Western Australia Hydrogen Strategy.

Event overview

There is consensus across States, Territories and the Federal Government that hydrogen has a key role to play in Australia’s energy future, with Australia’s Chief Scientist, Dr Alan Finkel AO overseeing the COAG Energy Council’s development of a national hydrogen strategy.
With the national strategy to be finalised and presented to state energy ministers in December 2019, this is your opportunity to help shape work on the development of one of Australia’s exciting growth opportunities.
Dr Finkel and Minister MacTiernan will be joined on stage with industry leaders to provide their own insight and understanding of Australia’s Hydrogen future.

Event presentations

The Hon. Alannah MacTiernan MLC, WA Minister for Regional Development; Agriculture and Food; Ports MP3 | PDF

Dr Alan Finkel AO, Chief Scientist of Australia MP3

Moderated discussion MP3

Delegate handout PDF

Opening keynote address

The Hon. Alannah MacTiernan
WA Minister for Regional Development; Agriculture and Food; Ports Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development, Jobs and Trade

Alannah MacTiernan is WA’s Minister for Regional Development, Agriculture and Food and Ports, and Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development, Jobs and Trade. The Minister first served in the State Parliament from 1993 to 2010.

As Minister for Planning and Infrastructure from 2001 to 2008, Ms MacTiernan was responsible for major projects across the State including the Mandurah rail line, the Forrest Highway, the Geraldton port and rail expansion and the Armadale town centre and Champion Lakes developments. In 2011 she was elected Mayor of the City of Vincent and in 2013 was elected as the Member for Perth to the Federal Parliament, where she became Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Western Australia and Deputy Chair of the Joint Standing Committee on Northern Australia.

After Ms MacTiernan decided not to recontest Perth in 2016, she was invited to re-join WA Labor in the Legislative Council. The Minister is committed to creating economic opportunity in our regional areas as well as bringing WA's agricultural sector into the 21st century through innovation and a focus on investing in science.

Meet the keynote speaker

Dr Alan Finkel AO
Chief Scientist of Australia

Dr Finkel commenced as Australia’s Chief Scientist in January 2016. He is Australia’s eighth Chief Scientist. Dr Finkel has an extensive science background as an entrepreneur, engineer, neuroscientist and educator. Prior to becoming Chief Scientist, he was the Chancellor of Monash University and President of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE).  

Meet the panel

Bernadette Cullinane
Partner and Australian Oil, Gas & Chemicals Leader; Global LNG Leader, Deloitte

Bernadette is Deloitte’s Australian Oil, Gas & Chemicals Leader and Global LNG Leader. She has more than 25 years of experience across the oil and gas value chain and all stages of the capital project to operations life-cycle. She has worked with companies in the upstream, downstream, midstream, LNG and trading segments as well as in conventional and unconventional oil and gas. She supports Australian and international companies improve business performance, implement growth strategies and transition to a decarbonising economy where LNG and electricity play increasing roles. Bernadette is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia. She is an active speaker in oil and gas industry conferences and frequently writes about the competitiveness of Australian oil and gas industry.

Russell James
General Manager, Business Development West, ATCO

Russell is experienced in the delivery of small to large scale energy and utility infrastructure projects as well as managing a large portfolio of projects to the value of approximately $80M p.a. He has previously held roles in Project and portfolio Delivery and Management including $15-20M of work in the Albany region. Russell has extensive knowledge of Gas and Energy markets, pricing, regulations and experience providing innovative and new technology solutions including the integration of renewable energy, gas and hydrogen projects.

Terry Kallis
Executive Chairman, Hydrogen Renewables Australia

Terry Kallis is Executive Chairman of Hydrogen Renewables Australia, which is developing the large scale, export oriented, Murchison Renewable Hydrogen Project, just north Kalbarri in Western Australia on Murchison House Station. He is a co-founder, investor and Executive Chairman of Australia’s first offshore wind farm the “Star of the South”, a 2200 MW project off the south coast of the Gippsland, Victoria.

Luc Kox
Commercial Manager, Hazer Group

Hazer Group is an ASX-listed technology development company undertaking the commercialisation of the Hazer Process: a low-emission hydrogen and graphite production process. The technology originates from the University of Western Australia.
As Commercial Manager with Hazer Group, Luc is responsible for the commercialisation and growth of the company by identifying and developing opportunities for applications of the Hazer Process and the associated partnerships both in Australia and overseas.
Luc has over 20 years’ experience in the water, oil & gas and renewable energy sectors with extensive experience in international business development and commercial management. Prior to moving to Perth in 2008, Luc was successfully driving the business development activities in Asia for a multinational company from The Netherlands focusing on water related technologies, clean tech and infrastructure.

Meet the facilitator

Jeff Connolly
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Siemens

Jeff Connolly is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Siemens in the Australia Pacific region. With 380,000 employees worldwide, Siemens is the leader in industrial software, automation and electrification technologies. In addition to leading Siemens in the region, Jeff Connolly is instrumental in areas such as the Germany-Australia relationship, Industry 4.0, the future of energy and smart infrastructure.

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