Latest media reports suggest that global oil & gas giant Shell has stepped back in the green hydrogen project at Port Kembla Steelworks in New South Wales’ Illawarra region, in which it had previously intended to participate with BlueScope Steel following its December 2021 memorandum of understanding, after having completed a detailed scoping and assessment of its initiatives. Media reports have quoted a Shell spokesperson as saying that “Shell evaluates projects such as these based on commercial and strategic considerations. As part of this process, Shell concluded the proposed projects were not a strategic fit. Shell intends to keep up its pursuit of opportunities in hydrogen fuel both located in Australia as well as in other locations around the world.”BlueScope & Shell Energy Operations Pty had signed a MoU in December 2021 to work together to explore and develop renewable hydrogen projects at BlueScope’s Port Kembla Steelworks in the Illawarra region of New South Wales in Australia. This initial project was to investigate designing, building and operating a pilot-scale 10MW renewable hydrogen electrolyzer to explore and test the use of green hydrogen in the blast furnace at BlueScope’s Port Kembla Steelworks. The ambition is to demonstrate hydrogen as a pathway towards low emissions steelmaking. The hydrogen could also potentially be used for other purposes, such as to feed a pilot direct reduced iron plant. The MoU had also provided for BlueScope and Shell to collaborate with other organizations to develop a hydrogen hub in the Illawarra. This project was to explore options for hydrogen supply and offtake, renewable energy supply and hydrogen and electricity infrastructure. The project was to also examine the logistics infrastructure required for a commercially viable hydrogen supply chain in the Illawarra.