FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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I've got more questions. Who can I contact to discuss them?


We welcome your questions or concerns and encourage you to contact us. You can do this by using the contact form found on home page of this website.




What type of jobs will the project create?


The project will create professional and skilled jobs during development, construction and operations. The clean energy hub at Kapuni will require specialist skills for renewable energy and transport projects. Jobs include professional services, engineering, consenting, health and safety, project management, and trades for installation and maintenance.

Ballance is one of the largest employers in the South Taranaki region and employees a number of skilled specialist contractors and tradespeople in the region.




How will this project transition Kapuni to low emissions?


This project is the first step to a significant reduction in emissions at Kapuni while creating employment opportunities and certainty for the existing workforce and contractors at the plant.

This project will catalyse additional renewable generation developments in the region, which will ultimately enable additional power for production of hydrogen for the Kapuni plant. Future electrolysis may be at the plant and power transmitted via power lines to the plant, or near other renewable generation sites and hydrogen transmitted to the plant via pipelines. South Taranaki has considerable wind and other renewable resource potential.




Why not use grid electricity?


Direct coupling of wind to electrolysis enables utilisation of excess electricity and means additional distribution infrastructure is not required and the electricity peak demands are not increased. We will also have a grid connection that will allow us to purchase electricity from the grid and sell excess electricity to provide operational flexibility.




How will the hydrogen be transported to market?


The hydrogen will be transported to other refuelling locations as compressed gas on tube trailers. Hiringa is working with MBIE, NZTA, regulators and equipment suppliers to enable the transport of compressed hydrogen. Hydrogen can also be cost effectively piped, and Hiringa’s engineering team together with consulting engineers and international experts are designing reticulation piping systems for hydrogen.




Will there be a refuelling station at Kapuni?


In the future, a refuelling station is envisaged at Kapuni. Over 40 trucks a day visit the Kapuni site, and neighbouring plants contribute another 40+ trucks visits per day, making the site an ideal location for refuelling for heavy vehicles.

Hiringa Energy is working with the local transport companies and has identified potential routes for trials at Kapuni. However, it is anticipated that initially the hydrogen will be transported to other refuelling stations.




Why will the hydrogen be used for transport?


Hydrogen is one of the only viable solutions for decarbonising heavy transport. Fuel cell electric vehicles are zero emission vehicles with long range and fast refuelling that enables similar utilisation and benefits of diesel powered vehicles. Fuel cells are 2-3 times more efficient than internal combustion engines, and the amount of hydrogen required to travel is less than if hydrogen was combusted. For example, a car travels ~100km-120km from 1kg of hydrogen.

For more information on hydrogen and Hiringa Energy see www.hiringa.co.nz




Will Ballance still produce urea from natural gas?


Yes, this project doesn’t replace existing natural gas production at Kapuni. That would require future expansion of green hydrogen production capacity.




What does 2,000kg of green hydrogen equate to?


2,000kg per day will be enough green hydrogen to power approximately 6,000 light vehicles or up to 40 buses and trucks.




What does 7,000 tonnes of urea equate to?


7,000 tonnes of urea is enough urea to supply approximately 150 large farms’ needs.




How many wind turbines are planned and what size will they be?


The project will install four Vestas 6.0MW turbines. The hub height (centre of the blades) will be 125m high and the blade tip height will be 206m above ground level.




What does Ballance Agri-Nutrients use urea for?


To produce nitrogen-rich fertiliser, which is critical to all aspects of agricultural food production - including vegetables, fruit, meat and dairy.




Why is Ballance investing in this project?


The Green Hydrogen project at Kapuni represents an important first step for Ballance Agri-Nutrients in their efforts to reduce their environmental and carbon emissions footprint.

It will enable Ballance to start the transition away from using non-renewable hydrogen sources (such as natural gases) – instead harnessing wind and water energy to produce carbon-neutral hydrogen.




How can I find out more about Ballance Agri-Nutrients?


Ballance Agri-Nutrients is a farmer-owned co-operative with more than 17,400 shareholders throughout New Zealand, with a strong focus on Kaitiakitanga, and takes their responsibility to guard and protect our natural environment for future generations very seriously - https://ballance.co.nz/




How can I find out more about Hiringa Energy?


Hiringa Energy is the first company in New Zealand dedicated to the supply of green hydrogen, and providing solutions for industry, the public sector, and transport operators. We are establishing production, distribution and refuelling infrastructure to enable the adoption of hydrogen solutions - https://hiringa.co.nz





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