Primero has been at the forefront of the global push towards low-emission sources of energy. Hydrogen is a key component of this energy transition and we have been engaged by various clients including The Hazer Group to assist them in their journey towards commercialization of Hydrogen Production.
Primero was engaged by Hazer in an Early Contractor Involvement (ECI) process from early concept phase which then developed into the provision of our Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) services to build a first of a kind Hydrogen production Commercial Demonstration Plant using Hazer Technology.
The HAZER® Process enables the effective conversion of natural gas, and similar feedstocks such as methane, into hydrogen and high-quality graphite, using iron ore as a process catalyst.
Primero was engaged very early in the project to provide Hazer with a FEED proposal for the project and working collaboratively to assist them in gaining ARENA funding and FID.
Primero’s multidisciplinary team then completed the EPC contract to design and build the Hydrogen Production Commercial Demonstration Facility.
Primero’s scope included the design, procurement and construction for hydrogen gas processing, with the exception of the reactor vessel, together with all civil, concrete, structural, mechanical, piping, E&IC.
Primero provided support with Procurement of all packages, procured by Hazer and also was responsible for commissioning and handover of the plant.
Being first of kind there were many challenges along the way for such a unique project. Built through a pandemic both Hazer and Primero overcame the many challenges it faced including;
- Technical challenges.
- Material selection and availability challenges.
- Supply chain issues.
- Freight constraints.
Key to the success of the project was the collaborative approach by both the Client and Contractor with a flexible commercial model that was best for the Project and the Clients requirements.
Primero’s team demonstrated experience and knowledge to deliver something novel like this along with Primero’s willingness to work with Hazer on a collaborative model.
A truly unique project that Primero has been very proud to be a part of.