Arup, Beca and Wood appointed as Technical Advisors to Southern Green Hydrogen project

Trish Sunga Trish Sunga Australasia Press Office,Sydney
5 May 2022

The development of the world’s largest green hydrogen production plant in Southland, New Zealand, has moved a step closer with the recent appointment of consultants Arup, Beca and Wood as Technical Advisors to the project. 

Southern Green Hydrogen is a joint project by Meridian Energy and Contact Energy to evaluate the opportunity to produce green hydrogen in Southland. Producing green hydrogen at scale in New Zealand is a critical step to reducing the country’s reliance on imported fossil fuels and supporting its transition to a low carbon economy.  

This development presents a substantial export opportunity that has the potential to place New Zealand as a world leader in the emerging Green Hydrogen economy.

Southern Green Hydrogen has the potential to underpin a valuable export industry for New Zealand, while helping to decarbonise its local energy future. At Arup, we are focused on creating a more sustainable future and this partnership enables us to deliver on that commitment. ”

Patrick Gorr Patrick Gorr Global Hydrogen Leader, Arup

Meridian Energy Chief Executive Neal Barclay says a project of this scale and significance requires the smartest and most skilled technical partners in the country. 

“By drawing on the combined experience and knowledge of Arup, Beca and Wood, we can move forward confidently and ensure that Southern Green Hydrogen delivers strong economic and sustainability benefits for New Zealanders,” Neal said.

“This team brings strong local knowledge and valuable global experience from green hydrogen projects overseas. We’re excited about the contribution they’ll make to Southern Green Hydrogen.

As Technical Advisors, the team will be supporting Meridian and Contact in identifying opportunities and risks associated with the project and providing technical solutions that meet the project objectives. Key to this is a strong and collaborative relationship where the focus is on the right result for Meridian and Contact.

The importance of this being a New Zealand-led project is ideally suited to the consultant team. Arup, Beca and Wood all have interests in New Zealand and a strong link with local communities, as well as bringing global experience not available in New Zealand. Identifying and developing a solution that not only meets the environmental goals of stakeholders but minimises the impact on the environment and local communities are key objectives of the team.

Arup is already heavily involved in Green Hydrogen projects in Australia, New Zealand and globally. 

“Our teams bring global experience and local insights to this collaboration: we are committed to sustainable development and this project, which is both ambitious and exciting, represents a step-change in leading future decarbonised fuels in the region,” said Patrick. 

Greg Lowe, Beca’s CEO is a strong advocate for the development of a green hydrogen economy. “Beca is already supporting several private and public sector initiatives and working with local authorities that are piloting the use of integrated green hydrogen solutions. We see Southern Green Hydrogen as a great opportunity to be involved in a long-term New Zealand based significant project and it aligns strongly with our commitment to sustainability goals,” Greg said.

Wood brings substantial global heavy industrial engineering, operational, project delivery and maintenance experience to the team, including hydrogen (grey, blue, green and bio) and ammonia production lifecycle management.

Josh Carmichael, Wood Global VP Hydrogen said: “Technical Advisory support from Wood supports the solid technical and commercial baseline work by Meridian and Contact Energy for Southern Green Hydrogen that provides the foundation and framework to accelerate the New Zealand market transition to hydrogen and low emission energy products.”

As the project develops, the requirements of the Arup, Beca and Wood team will evolve to suit the needs of the project and having access to a large and flexible team that brings experience in large scale development and Green Hydrogen provides Meridian and Contact the resources they need when they need them on a flexible basis.